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.
"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.
"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
“It is this breathtaking image [of] success that motivates us and motivates kids to follow and understand rocket science: to understand the importance of physics and math and, in many ways, to have that awe at exploration of the frontiers of the unknown.”