Draper Richards

Draper Richards L.P. is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies. We fund entrepreneurs with the energy, vision, experience, and desire to build great companies. Draper Richards is an active investor, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential through contacts, advice, and support. We provide portfolio companies assistance in the areas of strategy, executive team recruiting, and raising capital. Bill Draper is one of the West Coast’s first venture capitalists. He is General Partner of Draper Richards, L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology companies in the U.S. and Draper International, a venture capital fund investing in private companies with operations in the U.S. and India. Bill was founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, CA. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, he helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies. Bill served as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. from 1981-1986. He also headed the world’s largest source of multilateral development grant assistance, the United Nations Development Program. In addition, Bill has served on numerous boards of prestigious political, philanthropic and business organizations. He received a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.