SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte has honored Steve Jurvetson, managing director at DFJ, as Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist of the Year, the first of what will become an annual award. The honor, sponsored by Deloitte, Cooley LLP, CTPartners, Silicon Valley Bank and Wells Fargo Insurance Services, is presented to a venture capitalist with an impressive track record of identifying, developing and encouraging emerging businesses.
"Steve is one of the preeminent venture capital investors in the world and it would be impossible to overstate his positive impact on Silicon Valley and the global tech sector," said Jim Atwell, national managing partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP's Emerging Growth Company Practice. "DFJ-backed companies are consistently well-represented on the Technology Fast 500 list, and this year is no exception. We are thrilled to honor Steve with this award."
DFJ is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Since 1985, DFJ and its Global Network have managed $7 billion in funds and have backed more than 400 portfolio investments. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. Steve Jurvetson has been with the firm since 1995.
The award was announced last night at the Tesla Showroom in Menlo Park, Calif. at the 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 award ceremony honoring Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area winners. A dozen of the winning companies on the 2012 Technology Fast 500 are, or have been, venture-backed by DFJ, including Tesla, Yodle, Box, Neophotonics, Ping Identity, EnerNOC and AthenaHealth.
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