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Venture Trailblazers with Tim Draper: Learn from the top investors - RSVP

Venture Trailblazers is an event series hosted by VC Lab & The Founder Institute

Mar 06, 2023
11:30 am - 02:30 pm
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Venture Trailblazers is an event series that connects leading investors, founders, and ecosystem leaders from across the globe to discuss the latest trends in startups and venture capital. For this edition, we welcome Tim Draper (Founder of DFJ Draper Associates, the Draper Venture Network) for a Fireside Chat with Adeo Ressi (Chairman of Founder Institute, CEO of VC Lab). After the Fireside Chat there will be a short roundtable discussion with emerging VCs, and then a long structured networking session. The goal of Venture Trailblazers is to educate and connect investors, founders, and mentors from across the globe.
About the Event

Venture Trailblazers is presented by VC Lab, the leading venture capital accelerator for emerging managers worldwide, and Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator.

About the Speaker: Tim Draper

Tim Draper is a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. The firm’s investments include Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, KongZhong, Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SolarCity, Coinbase, Ledger, Robinhood, Athenahealth, Box, TwitchTV, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC, and many others.

Tim is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs, and cryptocurrencies. He won the US Marshall’s auction in 2014 (where he bid on 50,000 bitcoins) and invests in over 50 crypto companies as well as leads 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, that was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, Skype, and other applications.

Tim is regularly featured on major networks, in publications, and in social media as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets, and Bitcoin. He has received various awards and honors including the World Entrepreneurship Forum's "Entrepreneur of the World." He has also been highly ranked on several notable lists including one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by Crypto Weekly, #1 most networked venture capitalist by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most influential Harvard Alum.


8:30 AM PT: Open Networking
9:05 AM PT: Introduction
9:10 - 10:00 AM PT: Fireside Chat with Tim Draper and Adeo Ressi
10:00 - 11:30 AM: Structured Networking

About VC Lab

VC Lab ( is a virtual program that helps new managers to launch accelerators, pre-seed, seed or Series A venture capital firms globally. The goal of the program is to complete a close in six months or less. The program provides a supportive community, tactical advice and fund-building resources. Completing the program and the close requires approximately 25 hours per week of structured fund-building work.

Participants work with the VC Lab team in Silicon Valley to build a top decile venture capital fund. Each week, a curriculum focuses on critical fund-building activities, such as building a deal warehouse and developing a closing funnel for limited partners. There are two weekly sessions with experts, including experienced general partners, active limited partners and back-office professionals. Participants share best practices and get quick answers to operational questions in a private Slack community with hundreds of general partners throughout the world. The program also offers opportunities for exposure in events like these.

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Adeo Ressi

Founder/CEO @ Founder Institute

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