Silicon Valley Investor Joins TMC’s Board of Directors

Steve Jurvetson is a former board member of Tesla and a current board member of SpaceX.


TMC (The Metals Company) Inc. announced the appointment of Steve Jurvetson to its Board of Directors as Vice Chairman and engagement as a Special Advisor to the CEO.

For over 25 years, Jurvetson has been known for his early-stage venture investments in some of the world’s most impactful technology companies. As Co-founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, he led the VC firm’s founding investments in several companies that had successful IPOs (e.g., Tesla, Planet Labs, D-Wave) and others that were acquired (e.g., Skype, Nervana, Hotmail), representing $800 billion of aggregate value creation.

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In 2018, Jurvetson co-founded Future Ventures to focus on trailblazing, purpose-driven entrepreneurs with unique ideas that have the potential to reinvent entire industries—from nuclear fusion and space exploration to sustainable energy and AI.

As a former long-standing board member of Tesla and a current board member of SpaceX, Jurvetson brings a wealth of experience in helping companies navigate through high-uncertainty industry startup phase and transition to global scale and industry leadership. At TMC, he will help guide the company through its next phase of growth as it seeks to harness the potential of deep-sea polymetallic nodules for the energy transition and wider global development.

“It appears that the collection of deep-seafloor nodules to acquire nickel, cobalt, copper and manganese is the most environmentally benign option on Earth, especially when compared to leveling rainforests, causing devastation to human communities and some of our planet’s most valuable ecosystems," Jurvetson said. "Abyssal plains cover over 50% of Earth’s surface, and collecting loose-lying nodules with robotic vehicles strikes me as a game-changer. I look forward to working with TMC to execute its forward-looking mission and maximize value to shareholders and stakeholders.”

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