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Jeff Clavier
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I have two tickets to give away to #UTRconf + $300 off http://tinyurl.com/9udgat2  RT "I'm going to #UTRConf" to win. Good luck!
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you can shorten your site's URL with the domain SoftTech.VC and it's FREE OF CHARGE for you, if you support my amazing and big crowdfunding project, donating $9999 or more http://pitchinbox.com/pages/9664000422
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Excited to welcome @howardh and August Capital at @gigwalk, great Microsoft deal too! cc +Matt Crampton +Bob Bahramipour  #stvc  
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Thought of joining @lot18? Here is the right opportunity for you: use http://www.lot18.com/i/JCReferral and you'll get a $25 credit. Enjoy! 
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Very happy with my Casetagram design, can't wait to receive it. Great idea, I hope it's sturdy enough.
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Super excited about the second generation of @fitbit devices. PS: we seed funded the co 4 years ago today #stvc
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Completed iPhone 5 transaction this morning, could not login via iTunes account but reservation number worked cc @ryan @Veronica 
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Thanks for this
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As we start hearing more about Sandy's pummeling of the East Coast, our thoughts are for the safety of our friends, colleagues and cos.
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New Island Investments Corp. is a financial technology emerging New York State S Corporation, established in 2005, with a scalable business model, with strong initial traction and a clear market fit, with an addressable market of a $1,000,000,000+. We specialize in various financing options offered through non-bank financial institutions. Alternative and creative business lending services and solutions for small to large companies. We address a high growth market with a demonstrated strategy to obtain market share. We have institutional processes, scale and system, with strong existing platform.
We enable loans to micro-small-medium, large sized enterprises.
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We accept and learn from failure and entrepreneurs easily recover after a bust. But Bill's behavior is simply revolting.
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Where we these articles when it mattered, like when the company launched. The tech journalists were falling all over themselves to hype up the story. And it seems that the VCs were equally as excited to throw cash at them.
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Great piece on @fab's culture, strategy and insane growth @betashop has to stay on top of #stvc
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Wow, that Custom Instagram iPhone 5 Case from Casetagram is an awesome idea! Where? On @Fab of course! http://fab.com/sale/10810/vouscf?fref=sale-invite-tw
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Who wants to bet that this year's @firstround holiday video is "inspired" by PSY's Gangnam Style?
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very possible, but some some startups/vc already beat them to it
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Can't wait for Friday's delivery!
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Busy micro-vc, focusing on consumer internet
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  • SoftTech VC
    Managing Partner, 2004 - present
  • RVC Capital
    Partner, 2000 - 2004
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Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto, CA - Kirkwood, Ca - Paris, France - Tours, France
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Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active micro-VC firms (125+ deals). Dad of 2, French, wino, skier, gamer, happily living in Palo Alto/Kirkwood
Introduction

Based in Palo Alto, California, Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in close to 100 consumer internet startups (Fund IFund IIFund III)  in areas like social media, monetization, search, gaming or B2B/B2C web services. These investments are typically located in Silicon Valley, New-York and Boulder. 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, success.

In 2007, Jeff was recognized as one of the 13 “Web 2.0 King Makers” by (late)Business 2.0. BusinessWeek named him one of "The 25 Most Influential People on the Web" in 2008, and one of the "Top 25 Angels in Tech" in 2010. He was also nominated in the "Best Angel" category at the Crunchies in 2009 and 2010. He is often 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 and Groupon.

In September 2007, after successfully investing as a business angel, Jeff announced the formation of SoftTech VC II, L.P. – a $15M seed fund backed by a mix of institutional and private investors to invest in 60+ consumer Internet companies over 3 years.

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,...

A popular speaker and moderator, Jeff appears at dozens of industry events per year. 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. Jeff has produced a number of technology conferences and was a founding co-chair of the SDForum Search Special Interest Group.

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.

Prior to founding SoftTech VC, Jeff spent more than 16 years in the enterprise software world as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. Throughout his career, he was exposed to global markets leading development teams in Europe and on Wall Street, designing products sold internationally and investing in software infrastructure startups across the U.S. and Europe.

In 2000, Jeff became President of RVC Capital, the firm managing the Reuters Greenhouse Fund with $600M invested in 82 companies, including Yahoo!, Verisign, Phone.com and Infoseek. He joined the venture arm of Reuters from the company’s product development division, where he was leading a 250+ staff in Paris, London and New York, and was responsible for the Risk Management and Desktop products. Jeff joined Reuters through the acquisition of Effix Systems, a Paris-based startup company he helped develop in 1989 while still in school.

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 wander around Northrend on his hunter. He also skis, hikes, dives and plays golf so poorly it is not even funny.

Updated: January 2011

Education
  • University Paris VI
    Computer Science, Distributed Computing, 1987 - 1990
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