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Feb 9, 2016

Ep 129 Tim Draper of DFJ Venture (Timothy Draper) joins Nathan.

Tim Draper was a founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ. He has raised ten core funds totaling more than $10 BILLION, hired and led a team of partners, invested in hundreds of early­stage private companies, including BaiduTeslaHotmailSkypeParametric TechnologyDigidesignTwitchTVTheranos and Overture. He has extended his reach through the building of the Draper Venture Network with 14 funds covering 30 cities around the world, through the creation of Draper University, a school and ecosystem dedicated to preparing entrepreneurs, and through building a high-profile brand to generate deal flow.

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3 Key Points:

  1.        Entrepreneurs need to be comfortable with changing rules  
  2.        California is falling behind in business, education. Division of the state would improve results.
  3.        Viral marketing is a good thing.

Episode Notes: 

  •          00:58 – Nathan’s introduction to today’s show
  •          01:43 – Skype investment – Tim was in the first Skype video call, his username is ‘Tim’
  •          02:52 – Skype investment less than $10 million. Sold for $4 billion to ebay  
  •          04:08 – Size of funds usually around $400 million. Network is in 36 cities around the world
  •          06:10 – ABC reality show Startup U  
  •          07:25 – Changing volleyball rules on Startup U / encouraging freedom at Draper University
  •          10:18 – Invested in Tesla early prior to Elon Musk’s involvement
  •          10:59 – Tim’s different processes for finding new investment opportunities
  •          12:10 – Elon was an investor in Tesla prior to taking control
  •          13:19 – Tim’s ties
  •          13:43 – Six California’s – the rationale
  •          16:50 – Doesn’t believe he would be a good political candidate
  •          17:13 – ‘Get your free email at Hotmail’ – first viral marketing  
  •          19:37 – The Famous Five

Resources Mentioned:

Famous 5

  •          Favorite Book?— The Startup Game by William Draper
  •          What CEO do you follow? — All of them. Elon Musk, Robin Li (Baidu), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos).
  •          Do you get 8 hours of sleep? — No
  •          If you could let your 20-year-old self know one thing, what would it be? – Stick to your intuition.

 

 

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