William H. Draper III

William H. Draper III

William H. Draper, III is one of America’s original venture capitalists, having begun his career in 1959 with Draper, Gaither & Anderson, the first venture capital company in the West. In 1965, he founded Sutter Hill Ventures, which has organized and financed hundreds of high-tech companies. His public service has included being Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States under President Ronald Reagan and then serving as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, where he oversaw nearly 10,000 international aid projects as CEO of the United Nations Development Program. In 2011, Draper authored the book, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneurs. Currently, Draper is the General Partner of Draper Richards LP, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage technology companies in the U.S. He also serves as the Co-Chair of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a venture philanthropy fund focused on early-stage high-impact nonprofit organizations promoting social change around the world.