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  • Under Tim Draper, Draper Network Extends Reach, Eyes New Funding Model

    Under Tim Draper, Draper Network Extends Reach, Eyes New Funding Model

    Over the years, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the 30-year-old Silicon Valley venture firm, famously created a partner network of independent but DFJ-branded venture firms around the world. It was one of the first and only venture firms that have attempted such a program, in fact. Then, two years ago, it said it was shifting gears. The branding was growing confusing for the firms’… Read More

  • A Sneak Peek At ABC Family’s New Silicon Valley Reality Show Starring Tim Draper

    The latest Silicon Valley reality series Startup U begins tomorrow night on ABC Family and we got a sneak peek at what the show is about. Startup U features 10 student entrepreneurs as they compete in a seven-week program at Draper University. Each of the show’s subjects must go through the fundamentals of launching a startup the Draper U way – including wilderness survival… Read More

  • Backed By Tim Draper, DataWallet Pays Users To Share Their Online Data With Businesses

    Backed By Tim Draper, DataWallet Pays Users To Share Their Online Data With Businesses

    Consciously or not, there’s a kind of deal we make when we use many online services — in exchange for free access, we accept ads and give up some of our personal data. Now a startup called DataWallet is planning to make that exchange a little more rewarding, with real cash. Brands often want access to this kind of personal data, and DataWallet founder and CEO Serafin Lion Engel… Read More

  • Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    DFJ, the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has built out a global presence not just through direct investments but through a network of firms that are affiliated with the mothership yet raising and investing from their own funds. Now that network is going through some changes, and with it comes a new role for one of the firm’s founders. The DFJ Network has rebranded to… Read More

  • Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence Crunch Network

    Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    April marks the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Internet, ironically, the very same month that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet regulations were officially published, tossing the Internet into a public utility model characterized by stagnation and ambiguity. The rules kill the “permissionless innovation” they purport to protect by… Read More

  • US Marshals Sell The Last Of The Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

    US Marshals Sell The Last Of The Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

    US Marshals have sold the last batch of 50,000 seized Silk Road bitcoins at auction after a surprisingly quiet sealed bidding process. The USMS has not announced the name of the winner of the entire collection of bitcoin but VC Tim Draper has been quietly buying these seized coins for the past year. The auction marks the end of one of the oddest US auctions on record. When the Marshals… Read More

  • Tim Draper Is Making A New Silicon Valley Reality Show

    Tim Draper Is Making A New Silicon Valley Reality Show

    Venture capitalist Tim Draper is looking for entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-28 to be on his new Silicon Valley reality show. “You’re going to have a big opportunity. You might even become famous,” he says in the video announcing tryouts for the project. Draper University and Ugly Brothers Studios are producing the show that will follow selected Draper U students as… Read More

  • VC Tim Draper Won The Government Bitcoin Auction, Will Bring Liquidity To Emerging Markets

    VC Tim Draper Won The Government Bitcoin Auction, Will Bring Liquidity To Emerging Markets

    According to bitcoin exchange Vaurum founder Avish Bhama, VC Tim Draper won all 30,000 BTC in the recent government auction. It is believed he paid above the current market rate for BTC. The price of one BTC is now up $5 to $645. Draper and Bhama intend to use the hoard to allow emerging markets to buy and use bitcoin in lieu of their own fiat currencies, thereby assisting in bitcoin liquidity. Read More

  • Apparently Students At Tim Draper’s “University For Heroes” Are Selling Sex Toys For Class

    Apparently Students At Tim Draper’s “University For Heroes” Are Selling Sex Toys For Class

    Well, that’s an unusual school assignment. Colin Heilbut, who says he’s a student at the Draper University for Heroes, emailed TechCrunch earlier today to inform us that he’s selling Jimmyjane sex toys on Indiegogo as part of class. Apparently, today’s assignment in the entrepreneurial training program (organized by venture capitalist Tim Draper) involves sales… Read More