International SIG: Lunch Event featuring William H. Draper III



  • Venturing Abroad: From India to Skype

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    NOTE: For this event, we would like to thank our host Bingham McCutchen for providing lunch.



    Venturing Abroad From India to Skype


    William H. Draper III, Managing Director, Draper Richards, L.P.

    William H. Draper, III is Managing Director of Draper Richards L.P., a private venture capital company, and Draper International, a limited partnership that makes equity investments in private companies with operations in India. A strong advocate of expanding world trade and the world economy, he previously served as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He was also the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, which organized and financed several hundred high-technology manufacturing companies.

    With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper, III is one of America's first venture capitalists. He is Managing Director of Draper Richards L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology companies in the U.S., and Draper International, a venture capital fund investing in private companies with operations in the U.S. and India.

    Mr. Draper has played an international leadership role in expanding the world economy. In 1986, he became the head of the world's largest source of multilateral development grant assistance, the United Nations Development Program. He also served from 1981 to 1986 as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He was appointed to that position by President Reagan. In that post Mr. Draper assumed a leadership role in U.S. efforts to sustain world trade in the face of major liquidity problems among the developing countries.

    Before joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Draper was founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, a leading venture capital firm in the U.S., Mr. Draper helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies.

    As a civic leader, Mr. Draper has been involved in many community service programs. He is currently on the boards of the Atlantic Council, Draper Richards Foundation, Hoover Institution, Institute of International Studies at Stanford University, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the United Nations Association-USA. Mr. Draper formerly served as the Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Chairman of the Institute of International Education, as a Trustee of Yale University and as Chairman of the Board of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; he was a former Board member of Population Action International, George Bush Library Foundation, the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the World Rehabilitation Fund in New York. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University. Mr. Draper is also a director of several technology companies. In 1992 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1996 he received the Citizen Diplomacy Award from the International Diplomacy Council, and in 2002 he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2005, he received the Visionary Award from SDForum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. In addition, he has received honorary decorations from Bolivia, Morocco, and Samoa.

    Mr. Draper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Business degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.


    Event Logistics


    Bingham McCutchen
    1900 University Ave.
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303


    11:30 am registration/networking/lunch
    11:50 am announcements and introductions
    12:00-1:00pm program
    1:00-1:30pm networking/one-on-one discussions


    $20 for Non-SDForum Members
    $10 for SDForum Members

    Pre-registration is now unavailable. Please register at the door.

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