VC Speaker Series (Oct 23) - Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Partner, Draper Associates and DFJ Fund

September 23, 2019

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SVLink member companies benefit from these free Speaker Series events, bringing in Venture Capitalists, Corporate Executives and successful Startup Founders.


Topic:  ​Learn about Tim Draper's Investment Strategy
Webinar + Onsite event

When:  October 23, 2019
             9:30—10:00 am PST, Networking and Refreshments
             10:00—10:40 am PST, Investment Strategy Overview + Q&A
             10:40—12:00 pm PST, Networking

Where: The event will be streamed live over video conferencing and also held in person at
             BNY Mellon, 755 Page Mill Rd Suite C-100 Palo Alto, CA 94304
Speaker: ​Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Partner, Draper Associates and DFJ Fund

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For SVLink Members and UCSC staff/faculty: contact SVLink for details on free registration.

Speaker Bio

Tim Draper is a top global venture capitalist, having founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper
Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. The firms’ investments include Coinbase,
Robinhood, TwitchTV, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, Hotmail, SolarCity, Athenahealth, Box,
SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC, Ledger and many others.

He is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies, having won the Bitcoin
US Marshall’s auction in 2014, and led investments in the companies that would issue two of the largest
ICO’s: Tezos and Bancor.

He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from
customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications,
particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing
and growth hacking are all outgrowths of Tim’s invention of viral marketing.

He is regularly featured on all major networks as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative
governance, free markets and Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World
Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur of the World,” and is listed as one of the top 100 most
powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by
CryptoWeekly, #1 most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most
influential Harvard Alum.

In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school
based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. The school launched
entrepreneurs from 76 countries who built 350 companies including NVision (sold for $275 million) and
crypto leaders QTUM, Spacecash, DataWallet and Credo. He authored a popular entrepreneur’s text
book called, “How to be The Startup Hero” and created a crowdsourced TV series with Sony Network
called “Meet The Drapers,” where viewers can invest in participants. ABC Family created another show,
“StartupU,” around the activity and students of Draper University. He has more than 100,000 Twitter

He started Innovate Your State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and
BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and entrepreneurship work.
He served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools
culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led an
initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by Three Californias, which was
approved for the ballot, but was rejected by the California Supreme Court before the vote. He received
the “Toqueville” Award for freedom from the Independent Institute.

Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical
engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has two
honorary doctorates from The International University and Trinity College of Dublin. He gave the
commencement speech at USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2017.

More info:

You can attend the event in person or online. Speaker will join in person from U First Capital office. The event is intended to be interactive. Videos of past events can be found on U First Capital Facebook Live page