Adoption rates are hard to predict, but I predict that by 2020 we will no longer debate the inevitability of autonomous electric vehicles…when we first experience the convenience and efficiency of urban autonomous driving services. I don’t want to be a driving machine on my daily commute; I want to be driven by a machine.
Steve Jurvetson is the “J” at DFJ, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm focused on early and growth-stage investments in consumer, enterprise, and disruptive technologies. He’s a board member at all of the companies listed above. And, in his words, he’s “especially interested in machine intelligence, software-defined hardware, and technology futures across ever-widening frontiers.” What excites him from an investment standpoint are the “fringe ideas”—companies that sit on the border between crazy and revolutionary. Jurvetson actively seeks out companies that focus on deep learning, sustainable transportation, synthetic biology, genomics, and robotics. In short, he’s drawn to the head-spinning industries of the future. 🔮