VIP Event

Venture Trailblazers, featuring Tim Draper (VIP Event)

Venture Trailblazers is an exclusive, invite-only event series hosted by Founder Institute & VC Lab

Mar 06, 2023
11:30 am - 01:00 pm
Only shared with registered attendees
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Venture Trailblazers is an exclusive, invite-only 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, and the Draper Venture Network) for a Fireside Chat with Adeo Ressi (Chairman of Founder Institute, CEO of VC Lab). The goal of Venture Trailblazers is to educate and connect the founders, leaders, mentors, and investors across the global Founder Institute, VC Lab, and FI Venture Networks.
About the Speaker: Tim Draper (Founder of DFJ, Draper Associates and the Draper Venture Network

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 firms’ 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.

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

This event is strictly invite-only, and reserved for the Founder Institute and VC Lab networks: including Local Leaders, Alumni, Mentors, Investors, Partners, and Enrolled Founders/ Fund Managers. 


This event is reserved for Accepted and Enrolled Founders, and Mentors of the Founder Institute accelerator.

The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

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