Steve Jurvetson leaves DFJ venture capital firm amid sexual harassment allegations

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Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson is leaving Silicon Valley’s Draper Fisher Jurvetson investment firm to fight accusations related to a sexual harassment investigation. Jurvetson, an early backer of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket venture and Tesla electric car company, said in a tweet that he was leaving the firm “to focus on personal matters, including taking legal action against those whose false statements have defamed me.” Recode quoted unnamed sources as saying a DFJ investigation “uncovered behaviors by Jurvetson that were unacceptable related to a negative tone toward women entrepreneurs.” The investigation is continuing. SpaceX spokesman John Taylor told GeekWire in an email that Jurvetson “is on a leave of absence from the SpaceX and Tesla boards pending resolution of these allegations.”

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