Bill Draper is one of the West Coast's first venture capitalists, and over his career has witnessed the rapid emergence and continued development of the venture capital field in Silicon Valley. The brainchild behind the venture capital funds Draper Richards, Draper International, and Sutter Hill Ventures, in this fireside chat, Bill discusses the rise of Sand Hill Road and Silicon Valley and its continued evolution.
Course Description: We often discuss how technology is reinvented and disrupted, but there is also a good amount of change occurring within the venture capital industry. Within the past several decades there have been new entrants, from incubators to angels to different models of venture capital.
The course explores changes in the venture capital industry: from the rise of Sand Hill Road and investing in the dot-com bubble, to incubators and accelerators, equity crowdfunding platform, and different models of venture capital today. Through lectures, guest speakers and interviews, the course explores how companies are funded, grown, and scaled, hearing from individuals who have been at the forefront of the industry as investors, technologists and entrepreneurs.