Tim Draper: A Hero Dedicated to Creating Other Heroes

December 23, 2013

1:00 pm

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 is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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