Founder, Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University
Silicon Valley billionaire, VC investor, and business educator Tim Draper is founder of Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). He was an early investor in Bitcoin and actually won 30,000 Bitcoins in a US government auction. Among many other achievements, Draper backed such mega-successes as Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Indiegogo, Docusign, and AngelList; conceived the “viral marketing” technique that powered the success of Hotmail and was widely copied; founded Draper Venture Network that serves entrepreneurs in 30 cities around the world; and was listed as a Harvard Most-Outstanding Alumni, Forbes Midas, Always On Most-Networked Venture Capitalist, and Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Grads of his global entrepreneurship school, Draper University of Heroes, have raised over $51.4 million in startup capital. Draper recently helped blockchain projects Tezos and Bancor raise hundreds of millions in days.