Draper Investment Company
About Draper Investment Company
The preeminent global venture capital firm, Draper Investment Company molds early-stage technology businesses into leaders in the industry. Draper Investment Company funds enterprising entrepreneurs and offers support not only through funding but also through contacts, advice, capital raising strategies, and operational execution techniques. The leading team at Draper Investment Company recognizes emerging trends in technology and offers entrepreneurs focus and growth potential.
Investing in the Future
Seeking focused and innovative new businesses, Draper Investment Company normally participates in the first round of financing. With the belief that the technology sector is the fastest growing, best thriving global business market, Draper Investment Company focuses its funding on companies that have strong teams, unique offerings and can assert their position in the market once fully developed. Draper Investment Company's recent exits have included Skype, Netkraft, and Marketworks and current portfolio companies include Imagini, Dialcom Networks, and Bharat Matrimony Group. After reviewing submissions and meeting with entrepreneurs, Draper Investment Company professionals invest in early-stages and advise on additional investments as the companies grow.
William (Bill) H. Draper III
Founder and General Partner William (Bill) H. Draper III is one of America's first venture capitalists. Mr. Draper was an initial investor in Quantum, Measurex, Activision, and Integrated Genetics. With more than 30 years of experience in investments, Bill Draper's funding and support enabled a number of firms and he was also asked to take executive positions with US and United Nations programs. Bill Draper started with Pitch Johnson in 1962 and then founded Sutter Hill Ventures, where he financed hundreds of technology companies. For US-based funding opportunities, Bill Draper co-founded Draper Richards LP in the early 1990s and it continues to this day.Draper International sought investments in India in the 1990s and eventually became Draper Investment Company, now located in Zurich, Switzerland. As history, In 1981, President Reagan called on BillDraper to serve as Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and in 1986, worked with the United Nations Development Program as CEO and Administrator. Bill Draper attended Yale University for his Bachelor of Arts and sought his Master of Business at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he graduated with distinction.
Managing Director Don Plaisted
Managing Director Don Plaisted conducts Draper Investment Company business on behalf of the Draper family. Managing the Draper portfolio and investment initiatives from the Zürich, Switzerland,office, Mr. Plaisted focuses on emerging markets and technology segments. Mr. Don Plaisted makes investments internationally, including Asia, India, and Europe. With more than 13 years of management experience, Mr. Plaisted acts as an advisor to Bill Draper and responsible for the family office venture capital investments. Before Draper Investment Company, Mr. Don Plaisted was accountable for developing commercial IT solutions with Northrop Grumman's Information Technology Group. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Don Plaisted was also Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche's Enterprise Risk Services Group, advising early stage companies with interesting technologies looking for funding and venture funding firms performing investment due diligence reviews. Mr. Plaisted was also an entrepreneur.