Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Navy Seals Training

Admiral Ray Smith spoke at our CEO Summit last week re "Leadership and Teamwork in High Stress Environments".  Navy Seals training is inspirational.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

TrackVia's New Application Platform

TrackVia's New Application Platform has officially launched!   Sign up now for a FREE two week trial http://bit.ly/9x31i4.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"The Start Up Game" by William H. Draper III

Dad wrote an awesome book about venture capital called “The Start Up Game”. You can preorder it on Amazon by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Best and Worst of Silicon Valley

I was asked by a Frenchman who was interested in replicating the Silicon Valley in Paris what made Silicon Valley work. Here was my response: the first list is what is good here, the second list is what is bad here.

Please feel free to add to either column.

Here are the things that are good in the Silicon Valley:
-Great local technology universities
-Great local business schools
-America has a free market for college education, so it is the best in the world
-We are 3000 miles away from the rulemakers in Washington DC, and more than 100 miles from the rulemakers in Sacramento, California
-We encourage the entrepreneur (a French term) through making them heroes in the press, on stage, in conferences, etc.
-We have many venture capitalists, so the entrepreneurs have choices, and some wild ideas might be more likely to be funded
-Our labor market is non-union on the whole, and very mobile
-We have the Valley Girl

Here is what doesn’t work in the Silicon Valley:
-Our K-12 education system is the worst in the world, it is commanded and controlled by the government
-We don’t let our brilliant immigrants stay in the country after we have educated them in our stellar universities
-For some reason (schadenfreude?), our press and our government doesn’t like our rich people, or our senior management, so they are starting to leave and taking their money and their expertise with them. The irony is that it is those people who employ our citizens, and pay the taxes that support our government
-California, the state is bankrupt and over regulated, so it is not the best place to do business anymore

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"The Lottery" (Film)

The Lottery” is a compelling film that focuses on the families that need school choice the most.

Check out the lottery website for a screening near you.   Next week, it will be playing in Sacramento:

Wednesday, August 18th

light reception begins 7pm, film begins 7:45pm, panel discussion following
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
RSVP to betterschools@edvoice.org for a free ticket!

DVD is also available at www.thelotteryfilm.com/buy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Draper Reinvigorating Theorem

There is not enough enthusiasm for math in the US schools. Without enthusiasm for math, science and entrepreneurship are at risk. So, In the spirit of reinvigorating the math world, and proving there is always something new out there, I have invented a new theorem.

Please show it to all the math teachers you know.

Draper Reinvigorating Theorem:

The sum of the cubes of a sequence of integers, 1 to n, equals the square of the sum of those integers. Totally freaky. 1+8+27=(1+2+3)^2 or 1+8+27+64=(1+2+3+4)^2. Try it with 5,6,7...It works.

Feel free to comment, add your own theorems, etc.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baseball fans:

For those of you who missed this, here is the link of the woman pitching for my team, the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Want Tim Draper to take YOU to lunch?

In support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I am auctioning off a lunch for you and your business partner at Tamarine.  Bring questions or ideas about your business venture!

Click here to access the eBay auction.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services.  For more information go to http://www.lls.org/.

**All proceeds from this auction donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society**

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Like Father, Like Son

Like the bull and the bear
The rhino and the burro.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mastering the VC Game

You have to read Jeff Bussgang’s “Mastering the VC Game.” I don’t know how I have done without it all these years. www.jeffbussgang.com