William H. Draper, III is one of the West Coast's first venture capitalists and the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. Former Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Undersecretary General of the United Nations, he is currently the General Partner of the venture capital companies Draper Richards L.P., Draper Investment Company, and Draper International.He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University.He received the Vision Award from Software Developers Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. He has also received honorary awards from the Silicon Valley Fast 50, the International Business Forum, the National Venture Capital Association, Harvard and Yale Universities, University of California, and Institute of International Education. He lives in Atherton, California.
This book is a must read for every entrepreneur and venture investor.
The book is a joy to read; and like many great educators, the author's explanations are straightforward, easy to understand and insightful.
Near the end of the book Draper explains how he has brought the venture capital approach to funding non-profit startups.
I wish I had read this before i tried to raise money for the first time.The author has a very engaging story telling method that allows you to sit beside him as goes through one... Read morePublished 15 days ago by William L. Mince
This is a great overview for anyone looking to get into the VC game, entrepreneurship or just to learn about a really great individual. Highly recommended!Published 2 months ago by Nick H
William Draper has made venture capitalism exciting, He uses his experiences to draw the reader in. I am impressed with his sense of judgement.Published 2 months ago by Kelley D. Howe
A book which enlightens not only about venture capital industry but also about entrepreneurship and what it takes to succeed in the Start Up game.Published 2 months ago by Siddharth Mahajan
I don't read many business books in (almost) one sitting, but once I started this one, I couldn't stop. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sid Mofya
Bill Draper is by far the most insightful and thoughtful VC I've had the pleasure of reading about. I would recommend this book to any young budding entrepreneur.Published 7 months ago by Evon
I really liked the stories and anecdotes of Bill Draper throughout the book. One can learn a lot from his memoirs, the problem it's more anecdotes than a true description of what a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sergio
It is more of a narrative story about the author's family and life story. Also includes his opinion on the interntaional society and globalization. Read morePublished 9 months ago by meow
I pre-ordered this book and read it as soon as it came out. Amazing stories that could generate a Hollywood movie. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Romans - Georgetown Angels