Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson (he brought you Hotmail) is one of the most influential funders and thinkers in Silicon Valley. He's also an enthusiastic hobbyist, blogger and Flickr-er.

Why you should listen

"Scary-smart" is a phrase that comes up in coverage of Steve Jurvetson. In his work at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, he's taken early and influential positions on some world-changing tech ideas -- such as the viral marketing of Hotmail. Now, he's looking forward into nanotech and synthetic life, and the Valley is looking over his shoulder.

He's a passionate advocate of new thinking on technology -- especially on his thoughtful and funny blog, the J Curve. His massive Flickr set documents his many passions -- speaking at conferences, meeting like-minded geeks, shooting off rockets.

What others say

“He credits his own success in large part to his inner antennae for the blind, joyful, and often socially oblivious enthusiasm he sees in his fellow nerds.” — Conde Nast Portfolio

Steve Jurvetson’s TED talk

More news and ideas from Steve Jurvetson

Brain magic: Keith Barry on

July 18, 2008

First, magician Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic. (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, California. Duration: 19:49.)   Watch Keith Barry’s 2004 performance on, […]

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The joy of rockets: Steve Jurvetson on

February 27, 2008

Investor Steve Jurvetson talks about his awesome hobby — shooting off model rockets. With gorgeous photos, infectious glee and just a whiff of danger. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 03:22.)   Watch Steve Jurvetson’s talk on, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. […]

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The Daily Jurvetson

October 20, 2005

Many TEDsters have their own blogs, and one of the coolest is Steve Jurvetson’s. Steve (pictured here test-driving Graham Hawkes’ gorgeous Deep Flight Aviator)  is currently in China, and I followed a discussion on his ‘BMW style‘ Chinese SUVs to this not-very-confidence-inspiring crash-test video. Perhaps Detroit still has a few years to run… Check out […]

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