The beLAUNCH 2013 team has working tirelessly through the frozen early days of 2013 and as spring has broken across Korea we are overjoyed to announce the addition of Jeff Clavier, CEO of SoftTech VC to our A-List line-up of speakers on May 1st and 2nd.
Known as ‘The Good Guy VC in Silicon Valley”, Clavier founded SoftTech VC as an early stage venture capital firm that most recently formed a $55M seed stage fund, SoftTech VC III.
Since 2004, Jeff has invested 110+ consumer internet startups across areas such as social media, monetization, search, gaming and B2B/B2C web services. With over 20 years of operational, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience, Jeff is able to add relevant perspective and value to his companies as they grow from inception to maturity, and hopefully on to success.
In 2007, Jeff was recognized as one of the 13 “Web 2.0 King Makers” and in 2008 he ws recognized as one of “The 25 Most Influential People on the Web”. This was followed up with a “Top 25 Angels in Tech” spot in 2010.
Clavier is noted for his investments in categories such as “passion-centric communities” or online gaming, or for having sold a number of his Web 2.0 startups to the likes of Yahoo, AOL, Intuit or more recently Twitter, Groupon and Facebook.
Some of Jeff’s representative investments include Mint (Intuit), Brightroll, Truveo (AOL), Userplane (AOL), Rapleaf, Ustream, Milo (eBay), Blekko, Eventbrite, Tapulous (Disney), DNANexus, FanBridge, BillFloat, Fab, Gigwalk, Betterworks,…
Clavier appears at dozens of industry events every year, and is regularly interviewed on TV. Ranging from local Silicon Valley keynotes or panel discussions to international conferences, he shares his passion for building Internet startups, angel and VC investing, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Believing that you have to practice what you invest in, and vice-versa, Jeff started Software Only in 2004, one of the early venture capital blogs where he primarily covered social media, search, online communities and investing. After a few years of active posting, Jeff switched to micro-blogging, and a less time consuming production, mostly through @jeff on Twitter.
Jeff was born, raised and educated in France, earning a MS in Computer Science and a research degree in Distributed Computing. He has been happily living in Silicon Valley since 2000 with his wife Bernadette and their two children. When he is not busy working, Jeff likes to spend time with his family and friends, cook, collect wine and play video games (favorite genres: FPs and MMOs).
To come meet Jeff in Seoul you can purchase event tickets here.