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Tim Draper: A Hero Dedicated to Creating Other Heroes


When Tim Draper is considering an investment, he wants to see the whites of your eyes. For him, there has to be a spark, and it has to come flying out at him; at that point he can’t help but invest.

This mentality has carried beyond his experiences with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, though, and he used his own electrifying spark to do some amazing things. He invented viral marketing, he built a nonprofit, and he started a university to help people fuel their own passions for the entrepreneurial world.

When Draper initially invested in Hotmail, which ultimately led to the invention of viral marketing, he wanted to include the phrase, “PS: I love you, get your free email at Hotmail.” Granted, the “PS: I love you” part got cut out at the end of the day, and while Hotmail did scale to 11 million users in 18 months, Draper didn’t change his worldview.

That is, he really does love the world, and he wants to give back everything he can to make it a better place. Between investing in new companies, teaching young children how to start a business, or creating heroes, Draper is affecting some big-time changes.

And he jokes, “To this day, I think the world would be a more loving and peaceful place if they kept in the ‘PS: I love you.’”

Here is the video:

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Will Schmidt received his BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of San Diego in 2011. Poems, short stories, screenplays, news articles...these are his sustenance. Constantly seeking new ways to extend the reach of his training he has arrived at Tech Cocktail: the perfect canvas to paint his next masterpiece. Follow Will via Twitter @WillSchmidt1988 Find Will on Google


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