October 25, 2013 – The pilgrimage to Buck's happens each session for Draper University students. Buck's of Woodside is a Silicon Valley institution and it's owner Jamis MacNiven is a legend. It's where big deals have been discussed and made since the '90s, riding the tide of rising Internet fortunes.
There's an impressive list of deal-making history at Buck's.
Every session a trip to Bucks for breakfast is a requirement for all Draper University students. No, this is not a team building activity but it is a great opportunity to be immersed in the culture of Silicon Valley. Bucks is so legendary and Jamis is so gracious with his time that DU students really enjoy the experience.
According to Jamis, "Hotmail was founded here," he says. "Netscape had their early meetings in the back room; Tesla was founded here; PayPal got funded here." And Yahoo, according to MacNiven, was turned down during a meeting at Buck's. The restaurant is just miles from Sand Hill Road, site of the nation's largest aggregation of venture capital firms.
Breakfast at Buck's is just one of the unique experiences that all Draper University students have. But it's not all fun and games, students are working late into the wee hours of the morning crafting their business plans getting ready for Evangelism week that kicks off with a branding workshop and a class in creativity with Stanford Professor Tina Seelig.