Jeff Clavier

Venture Capitalist, Wine Enthusiast, and Startup Fan in San Francisco, California

Jeff Clavier

Venture Capitalist, Wine Enthusiast, and Startup Fan in San Francisco, California

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Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), one of the original seed VC firms in Silicon Valley with 200+ investments closed since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Brightroll (Yahoo), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Gnip (Twitter), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Eventbrite, Sendgrid (NYSE:SEND), Poshmark, Postmates, Shippo, Front and Molekule. The firm is currently investing out of its $100M Fund V, making on average a dozen seed commitments of $1M per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer services, connected devices, marketplaces and “frontier tech” (AI, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles, space tech).

Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M VC fund affiliated with Reuters.

In 2004, Jeff left RVC to start Uncork Capital and invest in the early pioneers of Consumer Internet. Within a couple of years, he was being recognized as one of the “super angels”, and in 2007, he subsequently raised one of the first micro-VC funds, $15M Fund II. After three years, and 60+ investments closed on his own, Jeff built a team and raised a larger, $55M Fund III that invested in 55 companies. In June 2014, the firm celebrated its 10-year anniversary, its move to SF and the close of Fund IV. Two years later, the firm closaed $150M across two funds, a $100M seed-focused Fund V and a $50M "opportunity" fund called Plus.

Jeff was appointed on the board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2015, a 4-year mandate. In the Uncork portfolio, he sits on the boards of Pi Charging, DocSend, Scroll, Arch Systems, Intermix and a number of stealth investments. He is listed on the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists in the world.

One of the early VC bloggers in 2004, Jeff is now a popular conference speaker and social media/TV commentator. When he is not spending time with Uncork’s portfolio companies, Jeff enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, collecting wine and hanging out with friends and family.

  • Work
    • Uncork Capital
  • Education
    • Universite Rene Descartes (Paris V)
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