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Draper Associates

Draper Associates was founded in 1985 by Tim Draper, founder of the famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm known as Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Draper Associates functioned as Tim Draper’s personal investment vehicle until 2016 when Draper Associates Fund V was launched. The Draper Associates team is based in San Mateo, California and invests in companies around the world.

1985 1994 1999 2000 2004 2011 2016

Draper Associates Founded

Tim Draper founds Draper Associates. Tim borrowed $6M from the US Small Business Administration’s SBIC program to invest in private companies, five of which went on to IPO.

Tim Draper in the mid-'80s Redwood City​

Launch of Draper Fisher Associates

John Fisher joined Draper Associates in 1991 after he and Tim Draper were colleagues at Alex Brown. Draper Fisher Associates was launched in 1992. Steve Jurvetson would later join as an investor. The firm came to be known as Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The team would go on to invest in category defining companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, Skype, Baidu, and many others.​

Steve Jurvetson, Tim Draper, and John Fisher Silicon Valley

DFJ ePlanet Founded as a Global Venture Fund

The DFJ ePlanet fund was raised in 1999. This was the first global VC fund raised by a Silicon Valley firm. DFJ ePlanet would deliver big wins such as Baidu and Skype.

Palo Alto

Baidu funded

DFJ and Draper Associates invested in Baidu, the Chinese internet giant founded by Robin Li.

Tim Draper with Baidu's Robin Li China

Skype funded

Tim Draper and DFJ invested in Skype, a startup that emerged from Estonia and changed the way we communicate. Skype was later acquired by Microsoft.

Tim Draper with Nicolas Zennstrom Estonia

Draper Associates Relaunched

Tim Draper relaunched the original Draper Associates to make angel investments in technology startups. Tim Draper, Andy Tang, and Billy Draper invested in companies such as Cruise Automation (acq. by GM), Thumbtack, Robinhood, Carta, Docusign, and many others.

Tim Draper, Billy Draper, and Andy Tang with Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev of Robinhood San Mateo

Draper Associates Fund V Closed

Draper Associates Fund V is a $190M early stage fund that backs technology startups.

Tim Draper with Coinbase's Brian Armstrong Mountain View
1985 1994 1999 2000 2004 2011 2016
Investing in Big Crazy Ideas

The Investment Team

Tim Draper Read More
Tim Draper Founder and Managing Partner

Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. He funded Baidu, Tesla, Skype, SpaceX, Twitch, Hotmail, Focus Media, Robinhood, Athenahealth, Box, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC and 15 other unicorns at the seed stage.

He is a supporter and global thoughtleader for entrepreneurs everywhere, and is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies, having won the Bitcoin US Marshall’s auction in 2014, invested in over 50 crypto companies, and led investments in Coinbase, Ledger, Tezos, and Bancor, among others.

He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications, particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral marketing.

He is regularly featured on all major networks as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets and Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur of the World,” and is listed as one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by CryptoWeekly, #1 most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most influential Harvard Alum. Global Guru listed Tim as one of the top 30 Startup Gurus in the world.

In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. The school has trained 1200 entrepreneurs, from 84 different countries, who have built 400 companies including NVision, and crypto leaders, QTUM, Spacecash, and DataWallet. He started Innovate Your State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and entrepreneurship work.

He served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led a statewide initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by an initiative for Three Californias.

Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has two honorary doctorates from The International University and Trinity College of Dublin. He wrote the book, “How to be The Startup Hero.”

Andrew Tang Read More
Andrew Tang Partner

Andy Tang has 15 years of operating and early-stage investing experience in the high-technology space. His current portfolio includes: YeePay, CloudMedX, Atomwise, VeChain, Telegram, Ledger, Alto Beam, to name a few.

Andy is also the founding member and Managing Director of the Draper Dragon Fund, a cross border China/US early stage investment fund.

Andy holds a BSEE in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MSEE in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Andy was awarded the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate by The University of Texas.  He also holds one US patent.

Siri Srinivas Read More
Siri Srinivas Principal

Siri Srinivas is on the investment team at Draper Associates. She formerly worked on the investment team at FundersClub (YC S12). She has also worked as a journalist at The Guardian, covering personal finance and as an engineer at JP Morgan Chase.

Siri holds a BS in Instrumentation Engineering from the R. V. College of Engineering at Bangalore and an MA in Arts & Culture Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Daniel Kim Read More
Daniel Kim Investment Analyst

Daniel is on the investment team at Draper Associates. He was previously an investment banker at Greenhill & Co. and worked in long short equity at Point72, based in New York. He then founded a startup arbitraging cryptocurrency using automated code, before joining the team at Draper Associates.

Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

Jonathan Choi Read More
Jonathan Choi Investment Analyst

Jonathan is on the investment team at Draper Associates. He previously worked as an engineer at NASA, Facebook and several startups. He also worked as a machine learning engineer at Deepmagic (acq. by Standard Cognition) and as a researcher at South Park Commons in collaboration with Google.

Jonathan holds a BEng in Honors Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from McGill University.

Deal Flow and Startup Services

Asra Nadeem Read More
Asra Nadeem Startup Education Director

Asra Nadeem leads Sales and Partnerships at Draper University, an accelerator for entrepreneurs, and is also an investor with DraperU Ventures, a pre-seed startup fund.

Before working at Draper University, Asra worked on product and market development for startups in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. She was an early employee and the first female product manager in Pakistan for rozee.pk (jobsite) and naseeb.com (matchmaking for Muslims). She later led Bayt.com’s special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC’s in the MENA region.

Sarika Batra Read More
Sarika Batra Media Director

Sarika is the Showrunner and Director of Meet the Drapers.

Meet The Drapers is VC pitch show from Silicon Valley featuring generations of the legendary Draper family. Tim Draper, Bill Draper, and Jesse Draper engage in a weekly discussion about entrepreneurship with surprise guest judges. The show unfolds with entrepreneurs pitching the Draper family with a twist- the viewers watching can fund these entrepreneurs for equity and invest alongside VC’s from the Valley! The show aires internationally on SonyEntertainment Television.

Gabe Turner Read More
Gabe Turner Venture Network Director

Gabe Turner is the Executive Director of the Draper Venture Network, a self-governed organization of independent venture funds operating in 60 cities across four continents that cooperate on investment diligence, co-investments, market intelligence and corporate relationships.

Gabe is a former strategy consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for growing ideas into intelligent, sustainable businesses.

Sid Mofya Read More
Sid Mofya Venture Network Director

Sid Mofya is the COO of the Draper Venture Network, a self-governed organization of independent venture funds operating in 60 cities across four continents that cooperate on investment diligence, co-investments, market intelligence and corporate relationships.

Kasha Akrami Read More
Kasha Akrami Head of Scouts (Stanford, Harvard, MIT)

Kasha Akrami is the Head of Scouts for Draper Associates. Kasha is establishing a network of student scouts across Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. Scouts will identify promising student run startups + trends emerging on world leading university campuses.

Kasha is currently a junior at Stanford University studying Management Science and Engineering. He interned at Draper Associates in the summer of 2019.

Jesse Draper Read More
Jesse Draper Venture Partner

Operations and Finance

Karen Mostes-Withrow Read More
Karen Mostes-Withrow Chief of Staff

Karen Mostes-Withrow is Tim Draper’s Chief of Staff. Karen and Tim have worked together for 30+ years, and Karen has been instrumental in the building, operating, and success of DFJ and Draper Associates.

Megan Kurohara Read More
Megan Kurohara Investor Relations and Marketing

Megan Kurohara is an Investor Relations and Marketing Associate at Draper Associates. Prior, she worked in Community and Operations for Hero City, Tim’s co-working and incubator space.

Megan holds a BA in Human Development from Stanford University.

Michael Coe Read More
Michael Coe In House Media Specialist

Michael Coe is the in-house media specialist for all Draper entities.

Rose Yip Read More
Rose Yip Fund Controller

Rose Yip is a Fund Controller for Draper Associates. Rose has worked with Tim for 20 years across funds at DFJ and now Draper Associates, specializing in global institutional funds.

Desiree Omran Read More
Desiree Omran Fund Controller

Desiree Omran is a Fund Controller at Draper Associates. Desiree has worked with Tim for 14 years specializing in family office investments.

Vicky Kuang Read More
Vicky Kuang Senior Accountant

Vicky Kuang is a Senior Accountant at Draper Associates. Prior, Vicky was a Tax Associate at Ernst & Young.

Irene Yiu Read More
Irene Yiu Senior Accountant

Irene Yiu is a Senior Accountant at Draper Associates. Prior, Irene was an Assistant Controller and Senior Accountant at Archon Group.

Tatiana Chau Read More
Tatiana Chau Chief of Staff - Compliance Admin

Tatiana Chau is Andy Tang’s Chief of Staff and Compliance Admin at Draper Associates. Prior to this role, she worked as an Finance and Operations Analyst for DDDAF Support Services. Tatiana holds a BS in Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Draper Companies

Tim Draper

Founding and Managing Partner

Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ.

Tim's original suggestion to use viral marketing in web-based email to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, YahooMail, and Gmail and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by thousands of businesses.

Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others.

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim 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.

He was ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and seven on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker. He was awarded the Commonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy.

To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship, Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28, and he leads SixCalifornias, an initiative to improve the governance of California.