TitleDraper, Bill (William, III) oral history
|Dennis, Eric, Videographer|
|Draper, William (Bill), III, Interviewee|
|Hollar, John, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionIn this oral history, William H. Draper III begins by speaking about his early life, including growing up in Scarsdale, New York, his time at Yale University followed immediately by Harvard Business School, and his service in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean War. He goes on to discuss his early career at Inland Steel in Chicago and working with his father who founded Draper, Gaither & Anderson, one of the first venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
Draper then covers the founding of Draper & Johnson in 1962 with close friend Pitch Johnson, before expounding upon his fifteen-year tenure at Sutter Hill Ventures with Paul Wythes, Frank Lodato, and Greg Peterson. He touches upon a number of his proudest investments, including Hybertech, which invented the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test for cancer, Activision, Skype, OpenTable, and Kiva. Draper concludes by discussing his work with the United Nations Development Programme, recent philanthropic ventures, and his vision for the future.