Silicon Valley’s ‘smartest guy’ on deep learning and sustainability

Steve Jurvetson has been referred to as “the smartest guy in the room,” “the smartest person in Silicon Valley” and a “brainiac,” among other laudatory monikers attesting to his prodigious intellect. Hyperbole, perhaps, but not by much. The Internet is chock full of videos of lectures by and interviews with the  venture capitalist, a partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. They span such topics as rockets and space, Moore’s Law, machine learning, synthetic biology, technological innovation, the rich-poor gap and “the democratization of matter.” That begins to reflect the breadth of Jurvetson’s intellect, but also his investments. Over the years, they have includes companies that became transformational, from Hotmail (the Web as a platform) to Tesla (automaker as energy company). Today, they include pioneering companies in space, biotech, optical communications, genomics,…


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