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Becoming a Startup Hero - Interview with Tim Draper

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Tim Draper, Founder of Draper Associates, shares his advice for undergraduates in spotting trends of the future and taking action to manifest your own destiny. Tim is renowned venture capital investor who invested in Tesla, Baidu, Skype, Hotmail, Robinhood, etc.

In this interview you will learn,

  1. What does Tim look for when evaluating new startups who are pitching their ideas?

  2. Why is Tim so bullish on Cryptocurrencies?

  3. How did Tim accidentally come up with the first "Viral Marketing" campaign when advising Hotmail?

  4. How should we expect industries like banking, healthcare, real estate and government to change as we progress in our careers?

The event is dedicated to Draper Hero Institute, in helping a mission to research, develop and share educational models and methods that encompass, explore and/or promote entrepreneurial career paths. (

Check out Tim Draper's book "How to be the Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs" on Amazon:

"When I meet with the entrepreneur, I'm really looking for passion, but it's got to sort of be inside of them. I'll ask questions and pull it out of them. Like, why are you doing this? Sometimes passion just means this is something I really have to do. If I don't do it, either somebody else will, or no one else will. And that kind of passion is the beginning of a trillion dollar business that I'm looking for."


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