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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​
1985

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
1994

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
1999

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
2000

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
2004

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
2011

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
2016
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 is the founding partner of the 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, and Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs aged 18-28. He also leads SixCalifornias, an initiative to improve the governance of California.

Tim holds a BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Andrew Tang Investment Team

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

He also currently serves as the CEO of Draper University, an education ecosystem for entrepreneurs. 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.

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Siri Srinivas Investment Team

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.

Abhishek Punia Read More
Abhishek Punia Cryptocurrency Analyst

Punia manages the blockchain investments for Draper Associates. He began his career in the space with Blockchain at Berkeley and has since been involved in building decentralized protocols and advising blockchain companies. Punia believes in the potential of blockchain to restructure the institutions that make our modern day economic structure.

Punia holds a BS in Business Administration and Managment from the University of California, Berkeley.

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DRAPER ASSOCIATES / Team

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.