Founder and Managing Director,
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Timothy C. Draper is the
Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. As an early stage venture
capitalist, Mr. Draper has backed Parametric Technology, Preview Travel, PLX Technology,
JetFax, Four11, Digidesign, CellNet Data Systems and 40 other companies from inception. He
has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford
University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He has worked as a Marketing Engineer for Hewlett-Packard,
and was Assistant to the President of Apollo Computer. He worked in high technology
corporate finance at Alex. Brown & Sons before
founding Draper Associates (now Draper Fisher Jurvetson).
Mr. Draper currently serves on the
boards of AVEO, Chroma Graphics, GoTo.com, Homestead, I-Cube, iShip, Photonic Power, PLX,
RISE, Troika Networks, Tumbleweed Software, and Upside Media, as well as satellite venture
capital funds Wasatch Ventures and Polaris Fund. 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 Four11. As an advocate for entrepreneurs, he has been published
in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco
Examiner, San Jose Mercury
News , Upside, The Red Herring, The Hoover
Gazette, and the Congressional Record.
Mr. Draper is also the creator of Tim
Draper's BizWorld, a course used to train young
entrepreneurs. Along with his interest in developing young entrepreneurs, Mr. Draper has a
strong commitment to the public schools and was appointed to the State Board of Education
last April. See Education quotes.
Mr. Draper launched a cyber-initiative on school choice for the California Primary
Election in 2000 on November 11, 1998. Please click here for a summary of articles on LocalChoice2000.