Jeff Clavier is the French-born founder and managing partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, with 170+ investments since launching in 2004 as an early pioneer of Consumer Internet and raising one of the first micro-VC funds in 2007. Jeff and his team have backed successful startups including Fitbit, Mint, Bleacher Report & Eventbrite, and are currently investing out of an $85M Fund IV in mobile/cloud software, consumer services, connected hardware, marketplaces and healthcare IT startups.
In part 2 of Jeff's podcast (part 1 here), we discuss his:
- 'Three Asses Rule' for investing & the characteristics of an ideal founder
- Thoughts on big 'flameout' startups like Fab.com and HomeJoy
- Views on the growing impact of Accelerators & Incubators like Y-Combinator
- Perspective on the current tech industry (fundraising, valuations & unicorns)
- Technology he's most excited about
- Opinion on the lack of diversity in tech and what he's doing to drive change