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Investors


Tim Draper

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  His original suggestion 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 YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.  On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim currently serves on the boards of DoAt, Glam, Prosper, and Miartech.  DFJ’s previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail
(MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and hundreds of others.Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City),  Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), DFJ Vina Capital (Vietnam), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai).

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances.  He was #52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and #7 on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker for 2008.  He was awarded the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy. His blog is featured at www.theriskmaster.com.

Tim recently founded Draper University of Heroes, an immersive boarding school in San Mateo, California for students 18-24 years old, dedicated to encouraging proactive entrepreneurship. Tim is the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He also serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.

Previously, Tim served on the California State Board of Education.  In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election.  He was a member of Singapore’s International Economic Council and Ukraine’s Orange Circle.  He was on the Board of U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Larry Sonsini

Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Larry W. Sonsini has gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in many of the IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and other key transactions of Silicon Valley and beyond, including Google’s historic IPO and Hewlett-Packard’s merger with Compaq Computer.In addition to his duties at the firm, which included serving as chief executive officer as well as chairman for more than 20 years, Larry served as chairman of the New York Stock Exchange’s Commission on Corporate Governance, which was formed in 2009 and issued its final report in fall 2010. Larry is also a member of the NYSE’s Proxy Working Group and served as a member of the NYSE’s board of directors from 2001 to 2003. He also served as chairman of the NYSE’s Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008, and previously was a member of the NYSE’s Legal
Advisory Committee and the NYSE Committee for Review.

Clarke Keough

Clarke Keough worked for Allen & Company for 15 years, starting as an Associate and ultimately moving up to Managing Director. During his time there, he managed numerous large corporate relationships including McDonalds, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. Clarke holds a B.A. from Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

Jack Schneider

Jack Schneider served as Managing Director for Allen & Co. LLC for over 30 years. He pioneered the Sun Valley Conference, widely considered one of the most influential gatherings of international business leaders, annually. In addition to all he’s done for Allen & Co, Jack has served as Chairman of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis for 25 years.

John Arsneault

John Arsneault is a technology management executive with 20+ years of experience across multiple industries and environment sizes. He has helped grow several technology startup organizations, leading to successful exits including IPOs and M&A. He formed T-Rex Hotdog LLC to facilitate venture investing across early, mid and late stage technology startups.