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VC firm DFJ's founding partner takes leave amid sexual harassment probe

14 Novembre 2017

Steve Jurvetson resigned from his venture capital firm DFJ and took a leave of absence from the boards of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. after claims of misconduct against him. "DFJ's culture has been, and will continue to be, built on the values of respect and integrity in all of our interactions", she wrote in an email.

"As of today and by mutual agreement, Steve Jurvetson will be leaving DFJ", the firm told USA TODAY in an emailed statement. "We are focused on the success of our portfolio companies, as well as the long-term vision for the firm and will continue to operate with the highest professional standards".

"Steve Jurvetson is on a leave of absence from the SpaceX and Tesla boards pending resolution of these allegations", a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement.

DFJ said in October it started the independent probe after it came to know about "indirect and second-hand allegations" against Jurvetson.

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In the past week, a single Facebook post also accused DFJ of having a culture that is predatory to women. "I have doubts that the behavior has stopped for others and have wondered for a long time how to warn people without damaging myself".

DFJ announced the move in a letter to limited partners on Monday.

The investigation became public last month when Keri Kukral, a tech entrepreneur, wrote on Facebook: "Women approached by a founding partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson should be careful".

VC firm DFJ's founding partner takes leave amid sexual harassment probe