Tim Draper founded Draper Associates in July, 1985, and is the Founding Partner of DFJ. He made early investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, YeePay, Theranos, Digidesign, TwitchTV, and Parametric Technology among nearly 1000 others. Tim founded the DFJ Network, a global network of venture funds who work together to improve service to entrepreneurs, now in over 30 cities. He also created viral marketing, a marketing method for spreading a software application throughout the internet, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype among many others.
To encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org and Draper University of Heroes, has been active politically with school choice and local representation, and has created and sponsored business plan competitions around the world. He has won various awards and honors and is regularly featured in global press and as a keynote speaker for his global entrepreneurial evangelism.
He received a B.S. from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Draper Associates, Joel served as Technology Director for the United States Senate Commerce Committee, advising Senators on technology legislation and policy. Joel also co-founded an IT consulting startup, Iceware Technologies, where he specialized in wireless application infrastructure.
Joel has led more than 40 investments for Draper Associates, including Socialcam (ADSK), Rentjuice (Z), TOA Technologies (ORCL), Meldium (LOGM), Vizify (YHOO), Identified (WDAY), Alohar (BABA) and ViVu (PLCM). Joel also invested in Twitch (AMZN) and SpaceX, and leads the Firm's investments in accelerator programs such as Techstars. Joel currently serves on the boards of inSpa, Inventables, Ranker, Ribbon, Skyward and Coinlab.
Joel has an MBA from Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, and a BA from the University of Puget Sound where he was Captain of the NCAA ski racing team. Joel also studied at the US Naval War College in Washington, DC, where he focused on Joint Maritime Operations.
Billy's background is on the product side of the spectrum. Prior to joining Draper Associates, he founded Mobber, a social referral platform that allowed several users to tweet a message simultaneously (eventually kicked off Twitter API, something of a badge of honor). He then went on to work at Facebook and Apartment List.
Billy graduated from UCLA with a degree in Film & Digital Media. He loves cheeseburgers and the Golden State Warriors, sometimes both at the same time.