Timothy C. Draper

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Timothy C. Draper is the founder of the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a donor to California ballot proposition campaigns.

Draper is said to be the creator of online viral marketing.[1] His idea to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of "Hotmail" and "Yahoo! Mail," and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique of hundreds of businesses. Draper coined the use of the term "viral marketing" in connection with Internet services.

Draper invested in and contributed to the development of Skype, Baidu, Overture, and Hotmail.

Draper's official biography describes him as "an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets." He is an alumni of Harvard and won the Commmonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy. He is the chairman of BizWorld, which teaches entrepreneurship and business to children. He serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean's Advisors.[2] He started a school in San Mateo, the Draper University of Heroes, that is geared toward people who want to learn how to lead tech startups.[3]

Ballot measure involvement

"Six Californias"

Logo for the "Six Californias" campaign

In December 2013, Draper filed language for the "Six Californias" Initiative. This initiative, if it qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, will call on the United States Congress to officially divide California into six separate states.[4]


Proposition Year Amount
Proposition 38, School Vouchers 2000 $23,386,553
Proposition 32, Paycheck Protection 2012 $100,000


Draper is married to Melissa Draper and their children are Jesse Draper, Eleanor Draper, Adam Draper, and Billy Draper.[5]

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