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DU Alum Redefines Sharing Contact Info

ALUMNI ALERT: Michael Juliano of Think You redefines the way we customize and share contact information via mobiles phone and now the wrist.

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Think You, Inc.,  a company that streamlines how people share contact information and connect with one another, today announced the release of youPass for Android and Apple Watch. youPass for Apple Watch brings the convenience of linking with people and sharing contact information right to the user's wrist. The Android version works just as seamlessly as the iOS version, but has received significant updates to streamline the user experience.

“With youPass on two new platforms we are now reaching a larger audience and sharing contact information in new and unique ways,” said Mike Juliano, Draper University Alumni and CEO & Founder of Think You, “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Android users for the first time and explore a whole new dimension of interaction with Apple Watch.”

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The app is easy to use, individuals simply scan a code on a mobile phone or Apple Watch to instantly link with people they meet. Users may also send a link to anyone with a mobile device—with or without the youPass app installed. The app can also send a personalized vCard with contact details that have been customized by the sender.

“Mike and his team have created a unique and centralized way for people to customize the personal contact and social networking information that they share with other people,”

said Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University.

“His vision and gusto embody what we try to teach at Draper University. Think big, go all out and never be afraid of failure. Redefining the way we connect with one another beyond the exchange of a phone number or email address will broaden the depth of our contacts -- something a business card cannot do.”

youPass for iOS and Android also received significant updates to streamline the user experience. With youPass v2.4, the core functions (scan, share and connect) are brought to the forefront of the UI and are accessible via simple swipes. In addition, youPass v2.4 adds support for additional ways to connect including social networks, messenger and video communication platforms. These include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, YouTube, Skype, Kik, Google+, About.Me, Tsū, Ello, ooVoo, SoundCloud, Flickr and many more.

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Learn more about Mike and his journey to Draper University.

Bloomberg Radio: Tim Draper

Bloomberg Radio Interview

Cory Johnson & Carol Massar speak with Venture Capitalist Tim Draper.

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Cory: Wait, before we bring Tim Draper in Carol, do you know where I was July 3rd in the afternoon? Tim Draper Does.

Carol: Tim, do tell. Where was Cory Johnson on the afternoon of July 3rd?

Cory: Yes, I was lecturing at Draper University.

Tim:  Oh of course you were— and you were awesome! They loved you.

Cory: He was asleep at that time… it was really interesting, Tim! Thank you for the invitation to do that. Tell us about Draper University.

Tim: It’s an amazing place. The biggest surprise is that it worked. I started the school 4 years ago to attract entrepreneurs from all over the world who wanted to learn how to really be an entrepreneur, or at least get that wherewithal to become. So we started this school, Draper University of Heroes, and it’s amazing the students its attracted. Cory, I bet you’ve never spoken in a class where they are so dynamic and so dedicated to learning.

Cory: It was interesting, Tim. So I gave a modified version of a speech I’ve given at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, and at the Knight School of Business at Stanford... both  graduate classes. Both those were very different. But this was very different, too. These people were really engaged in wanting to be entrepreneurs.

I talked a lot about accounting in this lecture which they weren’t especially interested in. They liked the tales of woe and intrigue. But these were people who were trying to take the discussion I had, and put it in their context of wanting to be startup entrepreneurs. Every single one of them.

Tim: Yeah, and that’s the cut. It’s getting harder to get into Draper University but it is a school that has some of the most dynamic, driven, entrepreneurial-minded people in the world. It’s something we’ve trained our admissions office to look for. We’re getting better and better at it. It’s really exciting! We take about 70 students per quarter, so we’ve had about 400 students. They’ve started about 200 companies, come from over 40 countries.

This most recent session is 70 students over 33 countries. The word has really gotten out. It’s a really exciting place to be. It’s only a 6-8 week program. If you’re a true entrepreneur, you don’t want to dedicate 4 years to become educated. You want to do it as quickly as possible and get out there and make your business happen.

Carol: So Tim, this is your Innovate Your State Program at Draper, right?

Tim: No, Innovate Your State is another program. Innovate Your State spun out of some things I saw. What it really is, is a crowd-sourced opportunity. This first one is for Californians to crowd-source and come up with new ideas they want placed on the ballot, or that they want me to fund, or me to donate to. We had 400 submissions, now we’re down to the Sweet 16. That group is really innovative.

They’ve come up with some amazing ideas, some that are Venture Governance. I’ve funded two of them now. One was called “Open Gov”, which was all about transparency in government. Another is called PlaceVote, which allows a Congress Person to put the bills in front of them out to their constituents and have constituents vote on them.

Long term, this could be a situation where the Congressmen gets his $175,000 a year, and his 5 Million Dollar slush fund, and his 50 staffers… but all he has to do is push the button that says which way his population voted on something. So it’s a really interesting and innovative idea.

There are some of the 16 that are quite interesting. They are really targeting getting on the ballot in 2016 or 2018, and we are figuring out if we want to take one and put it on the ballot in California.

Cory: And who is the “We”, Tim?

Tim: I have a team that does this for me, it’s the same team that helped me with trying to get Six Californias on the ballot.

Cory: Which is a whole other fascinating thing we can talk about another time. Your unconventional interest in politics is very interesting to me. I feel like this is the season when political candidates are running up and down Highway 280 asking every VC and CEO and anyone else with a thick wallet for money.

Yet, you’ve taken an approach that is very different saying, “I want much more dramatic change than picking one of the candidates running for one of the two major parties.”

Tim: I’m a believer that we really need strong structural change throughout the entire country, but specifically in California where we’ve gone from 1st to 47th in K-12 Education, and 1st to 50th as the least transparent State in the Union, and we’ve gone from 1st to 50th as the worst state to do business in. Our infrastructure spending has gone from 26% down to 3%.

There are some real problems in California, and the costs are higher, and the value we’re getting as constituents is less. There’s a real need of something structural to change. There have been some great Goveners put in all the way through.

Cory: Tim Draper of DFJ, Venture Capitalist and big thinker, thank you very much. Always a pleasure talking to you.

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ALUMNI ALERT: Pundit Selected to Disney Accelerator, Techstars

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Today Techstars announce the 2015 participants of Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Draper University Spring 2015 Alumni Billy Shaw Susanto, Founder of Pundit, was selected and funded as 1 in 10 media tech startups in the world to the program. Pundit will participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program, which begins July 9 this year and concludes with a demo day on October 6.

The ten companies in this year’s program represent a diverse cross-section of technologies, and we are inspired by their visions for the applicability of these technologies in the media space.

Pundit & the 9 other startups will receive up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from top Disney executives, including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Mentors will also include other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists and Techstars’ extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and executives.

Draper University supported Pundit’s early user adoption by supplying a network of influential creators to host ‘Ask Me Anything’ sessions (AMAs) on the platform including Miss USA Erin Brady - fully supporting the company’s vision to be a true media tech company, far beyond yet another “social networking app.”

 

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Congratulations, Billy! We're proud of you!

 

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DU Alum Co-Authors the World Economic Forum Report on Emerging Technologies

May 18, 2015 — The 2015 World Economic Forum Report on Emerging Technologies, released in March of this year, is the most read World Economic Forum report to date. The report introduces ten rising technologies -- including next-generation robotics and digital genomes -- and gives an overview of their applications. Apurv Mishra at Draper University

The report counts Draper University alum, Apurv Mishra, as co-author; along with Bernard Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM; and Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of the Scientific American.

Apurv was a member of our Fall 2013 class and also completed the Boost VC Program. He is the Founder of Glavio Wearable Computing. Read the full report on today's top ten emerging technologies here.

How Unconventional, Experiential Learning is Reshaping Higher Education

May 18, 2015 — Draper University was featured in Forbes to demonstrate the shift from an academic business education model towards an increasingly experiential one. Author Jason Ma cites a growing demand for practical education with real world application for entrepreneurs. He argues that today, success after college is actually determined by experiential factors (like internships) rather than rigorous coursework. Experiential learning programs offer networking and team building opportunities not incorporated into conventional schooling. Employers want to know that your knowledge can be readily applied to their company needs, and theoretical education won't always equip candidates with the requisite skill set. More and more, experiential learning programs like DU are attracting entrepreneurs who hope to simulate on-the-job experiences and develop a practical business acumen. Ma spoke with Tim Draper and DU alums to determine what makes DU a singular educational experience.  Factors include the challenge to think big and work through failure, along with exposure to an array of business leaders in Silicon Valley.

Ma writes, "I believe that innovative, experiential learning, both off-campus and on-campus, will increasingly make marks worldwide. Many employers are not looking for those who simply 'follow orders.' They need those who can think and act out of the box, those who bring a broad range of experiences and skills to the table... [U]nconventional avenues of know-how and alternative, hands-on paths to learning are adding value to higher education, especially in the field of entrepreneurship."

Read the full profile on DU and nine other experiential learning programs at Forbes.

Draper University Alum and Ex-Skyper Launches Virtual Whiteboard Tool Deekit

May 12, 2015 — Kaili Kleemeier, member of the Draper University Fall 2014 online class, just launched Deekit: a virtual whiteboard to aid remote teams with research and development. Kaili is a former operations manager at Skype, and she drew from her experience there to design Deekit. Kaili recalls the struggle to collaborate with coworkers in different offices. After the unsuccessful search for a virtual tool that would allow them a visual brainstorm session, Kaili and her cofounders created exactly that product.

Deekit is a virtual whiteboard with screen sharing capabilities where users can sketch, chat, and build models together all in real time. Deekit comes with sophisticated templates for projects like blueprints or flowcharts, and boards can be shared or saved for future reference. Kaili claims that the standout element of Deekit is its simplicity. Deekit is formulated for ease of use with intuitive features and straightforward tools.

The Deekit team hopes to revolutionize online education with the platform. With extensive interactive capabilities, Deekit allows students to participate in lectures rather than simply listen to them, and already they've had success using the tool to teach 7-10 year olds programming. Deekit has been in private beta for over a year, and launched publicly on the 7th of May. With over 350 users in 21 countries, they are sure to see rapid growth in a market where global collaboration is increasingly commonplace.

Read the TechCrunch profile on Deekit here, and an interview with the team on Wired UK, where Deekit was featured as startup of the week!

 

DU Alum's Rideshare Service "Scooterino" Takes off in Rome

May 11, 2015 — Draper University alum, Oliver Page, has created a unique ride-sharing service in Rome with mounting success. In a city where scooters are one of the most popular forms of transportation, Scooterino allows you to hop on the back of someone's scooter who is traveling in the same direction. Oliver's idea was to adapt American ride-sharing services (like Uber) to Italian culture. Romans rely heavily on Vespas to zip through the congested metropolis, and Scooterino allows users to locate travelers on a similar route and catch a ride for just a few Euros. The service is meant to be efficient and cost effective, and Oliver will eventually take a small cut from each transaction. So far, Oliver has about 2,000 users and $50,000 in seed capital. He will test the Roman market for viability, but the service has already sparked interest in other scooter-happy cities across Europe. Read FastCompany's profile on Scooterino here.

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Tech Guru Overwhelmed By Draper University Opportunity

dwaynesamuels3March 12, 2015 - Dwayne Samuels, the first Jamaican entrepreneur accepted to Draper University, graduated today as part of DU's Winter 2015 class. If you'd asked him a few years ago whether he would be accepted to Draper University and travel to Silicon Valley for a 7-week entrepreneurship program, "he would have laughed in disbelief." You can read about Dwayne's journey from Jamaica to Silicon Valley in the Jamaica Gleaner, and check out the main highlights below.

Dwayne Samuels & his startup Grikly

Dwayne, 25, is from a humble community in suburban Manchester and always had a knack for computer applications and software creations. His startup Grikly is an app that allows persons to share business cards via smartphones. He is working on expanding his idea to Grikly Events, which allows event planners to execute events and gather information of users who 'check' into the location with their smart phones.

His Goal for Attending Draper University

To get a better understanding of the US market, widen his network here in Silicon Valley, and expand his business operations to the US.

Why He's Never Given Up

Through all his failures and successes, Dwayne cites his drive to succeed and his parents for being the reasons he's never given up.

"My parents have sacrificed so much for me and I love them immensely. I couldn't ask for better parents, they are the main reason I am where I am today. I'm a part of the best program of its nature in the world."

Read the entire article on Dwayne Samuels here.

Welcome to Hero City, land of opportunity — and heroic levels of hype

hero cityMarch 5, 2015 - Located directly across from Draper University on 3rd Avenue in downtown San Mateo is Hero City - a large co-working space that is home to roughly 50 startups. Membership to Hero City includes access to conference rooms, meeting space, kitchen and lounge area, mentors, and exclusive events. In addition to the co-working space on the main floor, the bitcoin accelerator Boost VC is located downstairs, along with a large auditorium that is used to host events and conferences. The upstairs floor holds offices for Draper VC funds and desk space for angel investors, dubbed "Angel Landing." Hero City and Draper University are both part of VC Tim Draper's larger Draper Ecosystem where all the pieces - entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors, and VCs - come together as one:

"VCx brings in billionaires (mostly from abroad) who have cash and want to diversify into tech, so they supply the capital. Draper University brings in the talent. Hero City supplies a workspace for the fledgling companies. The executive education program fosters connections with companies that can become valuable partners for the startups. The VCs upstairs invest the capital in the most promising of those companies. And when they grow big enough, these companies migrate to nearby office spaces."

Read the entire Venture Beat article by Dylan Tweney on Hero City here.

Invest Like a Legend: Tim Draper

Tim DraperFebruary 5, 2015 - Tim Draper, founder of DFJ and Draper University, is "one of the grand middle-aged men of Silicon Valley finance" and his investments have been behind successful companies like Hotmail, Skype, and Baidu. In this article, he shares his advice as "Silicon Valley's whackiest investor." Here are the main takeaways:

  • Best investments: Hotmail (1995) and Theranos (2003)
  • Winning traits: An entrepreneurs with big ambition and a unique quality
  • Losing traits: Not thinking big enough or having unique enough technology
  • What to invest in: Bitcoin
  • How to invest: Diversify heavily

Download the entire article on the world's top investors here: Legends 2015

The Rise of Tech Superwomen: Surbhi Sarna

tech superwomen surbhi sarnaFebruary 2, 2015 - Sheryl Sandburg. Melissa Meyer. Meg Whitman. These powerful and successful women have all become household names as the female execs behind Facebook, Yahoo, and eBay. But there's a new group of female thought leaders and power brokers who have all beaten the odds to succeed: Tech Superwomen. In this Forbes article, we take a look at the four Tech Superwomen below, including one of our very own alumni: Surbhi Sarna of nVision Medical!

Surbhi was listed on Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 in science and healthcare. Her company nVision Medical is "developing technology that can be used in the doctors office for diagnosing both infertility and ovarian cancer - which remains one of the most lethal cancers worldwide due to the lack of early stage detection options."

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs: "Don't let them stop you!"

Tim Draper expands Draper University with addition of Draper Ecosystem

Tim DraperJanuary 30, 2015 - Big changes are happening at Draper University! Andrew Tang, former managing director at ABB Technology Ventures and current managing director of the Draper Dragon Fund, is stepping in as the new CEO of Draper University. In his new role, Andy Tang and Tim Draper are expanding the scope of DU to include the entire Draper Ecosystem, which is composed of four components:

  • Draper University: A seven-week program that runs four times a year, aimed at teaching students “the fundamentals of launching a startup.” Tuition is $9,500, although the company offers scholarships.
  • Hero City: An incubator that includes a co-working space and storefront, directly across the street from Draper University. VC funds are also located in this space.
  • VCx: A one-week, invite-only program aimed at teaching high net worth individuals “how to invest in early stage companies.”
  • Executive Education: A one-week program educating executives on “the fundamentals of new ventures as a way to push innovation inside corporations.”

Read about all the changes happening in the Draper Ecosystem in this Venture Beat article.

Check out DU Alumni Startup Newsystock in China's TechCrunch TechNode

NewsystockJanuary 16, 2015 - Alumni from Draper University's innovative bootcamp program for entrepreneurs continue to launch startups that are turning heads around the world. Ryan Kyungrok Moon (Korea) from DU's Fall 2014 was interviewed by China's TechCrunch TechNode about his startup Newsystock. The article explains how Newsystock helps small investors master the market, particularly in overseas stocks. You can read the snippet below, or access the entire article here.

"Newsystock is a quantitative data based analysis system that provides accurate analysis and equity purchase recommendations in line with Korean stock market trends. They gather financial raw data, evaluate every listed stock with their unique system, then deliver the results to investors. The company also enables its users to analyze any stock by themselves, providing a thorough analysis of any stock within five minutes."

Currently based in Korea, the company is looking to expand throughout Asia and will add a Chinese language website to its Korean and English versions.

DU Alumni Startup iGreet featured in TIME article "5 Apps You Just Can’t Miss This Week"

iGreetJanuary 15, 2015 - It's only been two months since the Fall 2014 class graduated from Draper University's entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley, and our alumni are already starting to make waves with their startups. Just today, DU alumni startup iGreet was featured in TIME article "5 Apps You Just Can't Miss This Week." Vicho Dimitrov (Bulgaria) and Hua Zhao (China) met each other in DU's Fall 2014 class and joined forces to create iGreet, the world's first greeting card company that uses augmented reality to bring the cards to life before your eyes. You can download their mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, and then create customizable greeting cards that you can pick up from a local Walgreens store near you. When the recipient scans the cards with their iPhone, the card will be brought to life with moving images

According to the TIME article, "It’s a way of jazzing up boring greeting cards and making birthday cards that much more affectionate, but it also evidence that our phones are the key to getting a lot more out of even the most mundane aspects of non-digital life."

Congrats to Vicho and Hua, and keep an eye out for new Valentine's Day cards coming out soon!

KeenON: Venture Capitalist and Higher Ed Entrepreneur Tim Draper

December 17, 2014 - Technologist and author Andrew Keen sat down with venture capitalist and higher education entrepreneur Tim Draper to talk about his latest projects. They discussed how Draper University is "turning traditional education on its head" with its innovative entrepreneurship program, and how the next big thing to invest in is Bitcoin. Tim also shares that his biggest mistake was not investing in Google, but it's also the mistake he's most proud of because it has made him a better investor. Read the entire Techonomy article here or watch the interview with Tim Draper below:

Draper University & Ugly Brother Studios now casting for TV Show - Apply Now!

Draper University is proud to announce we are now casting for our upcoming TV show. We've partnered with Ugly Brother Studios for a TV show that will follow selected students as they build and launch their startup in Silicon Valley. Together, we are seeking young entrepreneurs with brilliant business ideas who would like to enter the Spring Residential Program and be featured on the series! Selected students will be followed as they enter the hands-on curriculum of the Draper University program and apply their new knowledge, network and skills to their startup businesses.

Hear what Tim Draper, Founder of Draper University has to say about the show:

Draper University alumni have started more than 60 companies, raising over $7.4 million in capital. Some left to join other start-ups or large companies including Tesla and Google.

To be considered, please send the following information to: casting@draperuniversity.com Name: Age: Contact Information: Brief Bio: Tell us why you would be a great candidate & Please attach a current photo of yourself

Eight Promising Student-Founded Startups to Pitch to Tim Draper at YouNoodle Live

We’ve partnered with YouNoodle, a global startup competition platform and network of over 50,000 startups, and their virtual demo day series, YouNoodle Live, to bring you YouNoodle Live With Tim Draper on Tuesday December 9th at 9AM (PST). The event will shine the spotlight on eight of the most promising student entrepreneurs from around the world as they pitch for Tim Draper’s feedback and global exposure. As an active advocate for entrepreneurs around the world, Tim is excited to be part of YouNoodle Live. “We are constantly recruiting young founders for Draper University and are proud to have one of the best networks for innovators looking to launch their ideas into the marketplace,” said Tim. “This is a great opportunity for us to see what is out there in terms of new and unique ideas.”

Pitching students belong to YouNoodle 1K – the top 1,000 entrepreneurs and ideas selected from over 28,000 startups coming through more than 400 YouNoodle-driven startup competitions worldwide in the past 12 months. And, with only the highest standard of applicants presenting, you will be sure to catch some pretty inspiring pitches!

Draper University is proud to support YouNoodle’s mission to level the global playing field for startups so that they may access opportunities no matter where they are located. The virtual and cost-free nature of YouNoodle Live does just that. See the pitch-off go down by registering free at www.younoodle.com/live

Interview with Tim Draper, Founder of DFJ Venture & Draper University of Heroes

November 29, 2014 - Tim Draper has long been involved in the Silicon Valley world of venture capital, and now, he's stepping into a new role: Headmaster of Draper University of Heroes. Tim started this school for "extraordinary individuals who have a little bit of a spark in them." He wants to "ignite that spark...[and] turn them from ordinary citizens into heroes." In this interview, Tim talks about his roles as venture capitalist and head of en entrepreneurship program, including his investment criteria and process, and advice for entrepreneurs. Read the entire Entrepreneurial Insights article here or watch the interview with Tim Draper below:

Top 10 Hot Incubators to Join in Silicon Valley

November 26, 2014 – Draper University was mentioned in today's Inc.com article by John Rampton on the "Top 10 Hot Incubators to Join in Silicon Valley." While DU isn't technically an incubator, we are a top entrepreneurship program that gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise seed funding by pitching to a panel of investors at the end of the program. Check out all the programs on the list.

Draper University in the Taiwanese Media!

November 26, 2014 – Check out this great piece on Draper University out of Taiwan - personal interviews with DU alumni Hua Zhao and Ryan Moon from the Fall 2014 Class and another awesome interview with Tim Draper!