|By PR Newswire||
|February 28, 2014 11:03 AM EST||
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following on its successful close of DFJ Venture XI, a $325M fund focused on early-stage venture capital investments, DFJ announced today that Heidi Roizen has been promoted to a new Operating Partner position at the firm. In this role, Roizen will oversee talent, marketing, business development and investment support roles at DFJ. In addition, she will work with DFJ's portfolio companies to provide strategic advice, manage portfolio investments and help identify new investment opportunities.
"We have a long history of working with Heidi both as an entrepreneur and a colleague and she's proven to be a great asset to our team," said Steve Jurvetson, DFJ Managing Director. "Her deep expertise as an operator and investor makes her a perfect fit for this new role."
Ms. Roizen currently serves on the boards of TiVo and DMGT, as well as DFJ portfolio companies XTime, Eventful and ShareThis. Roizen also teaches the class "Spirit of Entrepreneurship" at Stanford, where she received her undergraduate and MBA degrees.
Roizen is a deeply-rooted member of the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities. She was co-founder and CEO of T/Maker, a DFJ portfolio company, and Vice President of World Wide Developer Relations for Apple Computer. She was also a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital for eight years, during which time she was elected to the board of the NVCA and also served on its executive committee.
"I've had a fantastic experience at DFJ as a Venture Partner since 2012 and I am excited to be taking on this new role at a great time with our new fund," said Roizen. "In addition to capital, DFJ-backed entrepreneurs will benefit with greater operational support from our firm."
DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Since 1985, DFJ's core funds have raised $4B, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio investments including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Foursquare, Skype, Hotmail, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, Twitter, Tumblr and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ pioneers investing in emerging markets including consumer and enterprise information technology, digital media, and disruptive technologies. Learn more at dfj.com.