Join Boost VC’s Founder & Managing Director Adam Draper, to learn about emerging technology from leading figures in the industry. Each episode we interview founders and investors to explore topics like startup strategy and venture capital, as well as incredible technology like bitcoin, virtual reality, AI, exoskeletons, drones, space and more.
United States
79 episodes
since Jul, 2016


“Venture capital, to me, is a way that we can raise money to help entrepreneurs who can go out there and do something for the world that just opens it up. I am always pushing for freedom, and I think it’s great to see venture capital be able to support entrepreneurs—wherever they are—to go out there and do something extraordinary for freedom.” Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates as well as Draper Fischer Jurvetson (DFJ). His gift for assessing the fastest way to get a service to its users was instrumental in the success of viral communication networks like Hotmail and Skype. He has been an early investor in several wildly successful startups including Baidu, Tesla and Cruise Automation. Tim is recognized as a leading supporter of global entrepreneurship, and he was named #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 Most Networked Venture Capitalists by Always On, and World Entrepreneurship Forum’s 2015 ‘Entrepreneur for the World.’ In 2011, he created Draper University, a residential and online school that seeks to help talented young people meet their entrepreneurial goals. Today Tim offers his definition of entrepreneurship and his journey from aspiring entrepreneur to venture capitalist. He shares his take on the ideal relationship between VC and founder and the sectors he is looking to invest in right now. We explore the world of cryptocurrency, discussing its potential to transform governance, how innovative VCs are trying new things with Bitcoin, and what the industry can learn from the P2P music and media revolution. Listen in to understand why Tim equates freedom with wealth and how to leverage the ripple effect of optimism. Topics Covered Tim’s definition of VC Give entrepreneurs the means to ‘do something extraordinary for freedom’ Draper Venture Network is taking best practices global Tim’s entrepreneurial evolution VC affords opportunity to dabble The relationship between a VC and founder Look for a fit, VC that can bring something interesting to the table Tim’s strengths lie in designing business models and networking The sectors Tim is looking to invest in right now Anything blockchain has to offer Cryptocurrency has ability to transform real estate, insurance, banking and government Tim’s take on how cryptocurrency will transform governance World more elastic, flexible Functions of government done more efficiently on blockchain How innovative VCs are trying new things with Bitcoin Tim was first to invest in company with cryptocurrency, use smart contract The best advice Tim got from his VC dad Personal connection matters What cryptocurrency can learn from peer-to-peer music/media revolution When status quo threatened, they will retaliate (e.g.: lawsuits, government intervention, competitive threat) ‘Technology wins all the wars’ Control vs. technological advancements Countries relying on own currency lose out Entrepreneurs, money go elsewhere The ripple effect of optimism Fear keeps people in boxes Accomplish much more if you ‘just go’ Connect with Tim Draper Associates http://www.draper.vc/ Draper Associates on Twitter https://twitter.com/drapervc DFJ http://dfj.com/index.php Draper University http://www.draperuniversity.com/ The Startup Hero on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUrqcWVF3uelGlK-6sXGjLgKu_JlhW_3l Tim Draper on Medium https://medium.com/@TimDraper/the-pledge-f18e12013785 Meet the Drapers https://republic.co/meet-the-drapers Resources Mentioned The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs by William H. Draper III https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Game-Partnership-Capitalists-Entrepreneurs/dp/0230339948 Bionomics: Economy as Ecosystem by Michael Rothschild https://www.amazon.com/Bionomics-Economy-Ecosystem-Michael-Rothschild/dp/0805019790 Connect with Boost VC Boost VC Website https://www.boost.vc/ Boost VC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boostvc/ Boost VC on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoostVC
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