Advisors

Tim C. Draper

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a world renowned visionary, business maven and a strong believer in the power of the free market.  His original suggestion to use “viral marketing” in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim serves on the boards of DoAt, Glam, Meebo, Prosper, SocialText, and DFJ Plug ‘N Play companies. DFJ’s previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others.

Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), DFJ Vina Capital (Vietnam), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai).

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances. He was #52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and #7 on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker for 2008. He was awarded the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy. His blog is featured at www.theriskmaster.com.

Tim is the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He also serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.

Previously, Tim served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He was a member of Singapore’s International Economic Council and Ukraine’s Orange Circle. He was on the Board of U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Adam Draper

Adam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Boost Fund.  He is the Co-Founder, Vice President of Business Development, and Director of Xpert Financial, Inc.  He is responsible for company culture and partnership development.  Prior to Xpert Financial, he worked as an Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney.

Previously, he worked with several startups, including MailFrontier and Boom Studios. His experiences helped sculpt his understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur and how a start-up company works internally.  He sits on the board of four companies. He also holds a Series 7 securities license. Mr. Draper attended UCLA and studied English before co-founding Xpert Financial.

While at UCLA, he held leadership positions at his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and was a member of the tennis team.

Charlie Cheever

Charlie Cheever is a highly knowledgeable founder, as well as an incredible entrepreneur and engineer.  Charlie is the co-founder (along w/ Adam D’Angelo) of Quora, formerly Alma Networks, an online knowledge market.  Before founding Quora Charlie worked as an engineer and manager at Facebook, where he oversaw the creation of Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform.  He left the Facebook to start Quora in 2009. Previous to Facebook Cheever was a Software Development Engineer with Amazon.com in Seattle.  Charlie Cheever is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and still has family in the area. Charlie is a graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science.