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DFJ co-founder Steve Jurvetson leaves firm

Steve Jurvetson

Steve Jurvetson, partner and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, left the firm, according to a twitter post Monday by Mr. Jurvetson.

Venture capital firm DFJ in October launched an independent investigation of his alleged misconduct with women, according to a Tumblr blog post by Heidi Roizen, an operating partner at DFJ.

"I am leaving DFJ to focus on personal matters, including taking legal action against those whose false statements have defamed me," Mr. Jurvetson wrote in his Twitter post.

On Oct. 23, entrepreneur Keri Kukral, founder and CEO of Raw Science TV, posted on Facebook that women approached by "a founding partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson should be careful. Predatory behavior is rampant."

"Silencing behavior ranges from security w/in the firm creating files on women, to potential violations of revenge porn laws, to threats," Ms. Kukral wrote. "I have experienced some of these things (not all)."

DFJ's Ms. Roizen in her blog post said: "In our entire history, DFJ has never received an official complaint alleging misconduct by anyone on our team."

Ms. Roizen, one of DFJ's two female investing partners, said she did not write the post "to please my boss. I value my own personal reputation and integrity above any firm, and simply put, I would not work for DFJ if I felt the culture was not one of high integrity and opportunity for all — including women. Including me."

Carol Wentworth, DFJ marketing partner and spokeswoman, did not respond to inquiries.