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Timothy C. Draper
Founder, Managing Director

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses. He invested in and contributed to Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL), among others.

Mr. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), DFJ EPlanet (global), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), and DFJ Dragon (Shanghai).

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Mr. Draper is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV radio, and headline appearances.

On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Draper serves on the boards of Tagworld, SocialText, Glam, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics.

Mr. Draper is also the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Mr. Draper launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Press Quotes:

"In a town filled with risk-takers, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson is one of the biggest gamblers of all... Tim Draper looks for 'people who talk about changing the world, not building a business. When you ask them where it will be in ten years, they have an answer.'"
- Forbes

"Tim Draper loves the thrill of the risk and the gamble that strikes gold. But he also enjoys the other side of venture capitalism -- doing whatever it takes to help a company he's invested in succeed... Early in his career, Draper sniffed out an interesting East Coast 'opportunity' -- a lone software developer working on a computer-aided-design and engineering program. Ten years later, Parametric Technology Corporation is a publicly traded company worth more than $5 billion -- and Draper has netted over 500 times his initial investment."
- San Francisco Focus

"Tim Draper is one of the hottest guns in venture capital. His deals are smart, cutting-edge and provide handsome returns for his partners."
- Financial World

"Tim Draper said his firm looks for the following before financing companies: A developer with a great team of talent (suggests the developer is onto something); A quantum leap in technology and the ability to demonstrate it; An exploding market target; And large gross margins. 'You've got to be able to make a few mistakes on how you invest your gross profits,' Draper said. If that line is too thin, we know you are going to suck up a lot of capital.'" - CES speech, as reported in New Media Week

"Tim Draper: More money for technology companies brings out more entrepreneurs. But I think it's more than that. I believe it is the return of the can-do American. The entrepreneurial spirit is catching! Whether this happy virus comes from wealth creation, innovation, or one-upmanship, I hope there is no cure." - Upside

"Tim Draper: We look very hard at two things: the individual entrepreneurs and the company's markets. Entrepreneurs are by definition heroes. They must have an intense dedication to what they are doing - one that will overcome all odds. We also look for the 'change the world' factor. We see 20 plans a day, so eventually we run into some serious innovations. We're seeking companies offering significant improvements over existing technology that could, if there is a large enough market, change the world. We're also investing in a team of people. Management has to be committed to getting the best people possible for the jobs - people who can do those jobs better than the founder. And the founders must be willing to give those people enough of the company to make it work." - The Culpepper Letter

"Each of these 'best and brightest'... VCs responded to the challenge by finding mentors. Tim Draper only had to look as far as his father and grandfather, who pioneered the business of venture capital in Silicon Valley." - The Herring Guide to Technology Finance


Tim Draper Articles and Links:
The Riskmaster, An Ode to Entrepreneurs. Hear this original song written by Tim Draper (sung by a major "mystery" rock star)

Tim Draper Speaks (and Sings!) at Stanford University Seminar (May 11, 2005)

Tim profiled in Venture Capital Journal. (February, 2006)

"Long know for his antics, Tim Draper proved in 2005 that he's just as adept at exits - with Baidu and Skype. He has now joined his famous father, Bill Draper, in the League of Extraordinary VCs."

Tim Draper ranked number 7 on Forbes "Midas List" - which ranks the best dealmakers in high tech and life sciences. (Forbes, Feb 13, 2006 )

Tim Draper's Tagworld site.
Tim Draper profiled in San Francisco Chronicle. March 13, 2005
"Tim Draper is a character. A rich, successful venture capitalist character who's best known for starting one of Sand Hill Road's most successful firms - Draper Fisher Jurvetson - back in 1985. He's also known for being a free spirit who isn't afraid to show up at parties wearing spacesuits and Batman costumes. Of course, Draper can afford to be a character. He's funded some of the Internet's biggest success stories. (Think Hotmail.) And he's third-generation royalty in a Silicon Valley society that has barely been around for three generations. Draper sat down with The Chronicle recently to discuss venture capital, the dot-com era, submarines and songwriting, among other things.
Mind the Curve: Tim Draper explains high-tech’s return from hibernation with his iS curve (a.k.a. “The Draper Curve”) – rapid boom-busts like the dot.com gold rush are followed by slower, more sustainable recoveries, which eventually surpass the revenue and revolution of the boom itself. Red Herring, Dec 8, 2004 Read more.

Tim Draper: The Ringmaster of Venture Capital

Viral Marketing Article by Tim Draper and Steve Jurvetson

"The award for Internet marketing buzzword of the year goes to 'viral marketing.'"— Iconocast

[Email Explosion Image]"Like many Silicon Valley stories these days, it has a happy ending -- deliriously happy for some. The venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson parlayed two Web-based email companies into a half-billion dollar jackpot." — Red Herring