Jenrette founded DLJ in 1959 with Harvard Business School classmates William Donaldson and Dan Lufkin. Under Jenrette’s direction, the firm concentrated on in-depth analysis for institutional investors. In the process, DLJ raised business analysis to a new level, which became a key differentiator for the firm. Jenrette was instrumental in taking the company public in 1970 making it the first publicly traded investment firm in the United States. Taking the helm of DLJ in 1973, Jenrette shepherded it through the recession. His commitment to research and analysis left the company well poised to capitalize on the massive opportunities for growth in the eighties.