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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

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:

Tim Draper on Life Outside DFJ

tim draperNovember 17, 2014 - In 2012, Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper announced that he would be skipping a fund at his venture capital firm DFJ to focus on his newest venture: Draper University of Heroes. One year later, Tim Draper looks back at the best and most challenging aspects of the past year, including his other new initiatives to reboot California's government through Six Californias and why he's taking a bet on bitcoin as the next big thing. Read the entire StrictlyVC article here.