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Roelof Botha. Photo: Sequoia
  • Jess Lee, a partner at legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, recounted her experience receiving an offer from the firm in a Bloomberg interview Monday.
  • Lee said that partners Jim Goetz and Roelof Botha met her at a cafe dressed in Toy Story cosplay when they offered her a job.
  • Botha, the grandson of the late SA politician Pik Botha, is rated as one of the top technology investors in the world.
  • In the Bloomberg interview, Lee, an avid cosplay enthusiast, said the gesture made her feel like she could bring her "whole self" to work.
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To set itself above the rest, Sequoia Capital apparently goes to infinity and beyond.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Jess Lee, now a partner at the legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm, recounted exactly how she received her offer.

Jess Lee. Photo: Sequoia

Lee told Bloomberg that Sequoia partners Jim Goetz and Roelof Botha offered to meet her at a cafe in Mountain View. When she showed up, she noticed two cafe patrons were in full Toy Story cosplay as characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Turns out they were Goetz and Botha, who took off their headpieces to reveal themselves and extend the offer to Lee, an avid devotee of cosplay.

The cosplay theatrics are apparently part of Sequoia's schtick to stand out in a competitive market.

Once, Sequoia built a LEGO-model of the Golden Gate Bridge to woo a Lego-loving founder it wanted to invest in, according to a 2018 Forbes story.

For Lee, the tactic worked. She told Bloomberg that the gesture "meant I could bring my whole self" to work.

The 45-year old Botha, who was dressed up as Buzz Lightyear, joined Sequoia in 2003 after starting his career in Silicon Valley as chief financial officer at PayPal, where he worked with another South African, Elon Musk.

Through Sequoia, Botha was one of the early investors in YouTube. Over the past ten years, Forbes has consistently ranked Botha as one of the top 25 Top Tech Investors in the world.

Botha is the grandson of the late politician Pik Botha. He was raised in Hout Bay, attended Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck and graduated from the University of Cape Town.