William H. Draper

William H. Draper

General Partner, Draper Richards


With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper III is one of the West Coast's first venture capitalists and the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, he helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies. Former Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Undersecretary General of the United Nations, he is currently the General Partner of venture capital companies Draper Richards L.P., Draper Investment Company, and Draper International. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University.

Recently, Mr. Draper authored the book, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Draper received the Vision Award from SD Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. He also has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Silicon Valley Fast 50, the International Business Forum, and the National Venture Capital Association. 



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