Surbhi Sarna
Lessons from building nVision
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At age 13, Sarna suffered from ovarian cysts so painful they made her faint. Doctors couldn’t tell her if they were cancerous. She vowed to create a technology to detect ovarian cancer quickly and early. The company she now runs aims to do just that, and has raised $4.5 million from Catalyst Health Ventures, Draper Associates, and Astia, a group that assists female entrepreneurs.

Guy Kawasaki
Lessons in evangelism and entrepreneurship
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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Tim Draper
A vision for Draper University
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Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign,, and hundreds of others. 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. To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship and Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28.

Pascal Finette
The field guide to exponential thinking
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Pascal heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated The Heretic newsletter.

Ben Parr
Gain the attention of your marketplace
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Ben Parr is an American journalist, author, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is the author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, a book on the science and psychology of attention and how to capture the attention of others. He is Co-founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a seed-stage venture capital fund. He was previously the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable and a Columnist and Commentator for CNET. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Jason Will
The Importance of Social Media
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Jason Will

CEO at Zipkick
Jason Will shares why Social Media is so important when creating a business and brand.

Rahman Jamaal
Using Freestlye to help Communication
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Bay Area rapper Rahman Jamaal shows Draper University how free style rap can help communication skills

Rahman Jamaal is an emcee/educator from the Bay Area, founder of Rap Force Academy, and Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress. He began acting in theater productions and playing music at the age of 6, studying and performing for American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) before his starring film debut as "Flip" in "The Beat" which featured at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His affiliation with Hip Hop Congress took him across the nation as a performing artist, where he began working on a cultural education initiative using rap as a teaching tool in the community, schools, juvenile halls, and non-profit organizations. In 2014, he won the prestigious Lennon Award in the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "This Isn't Art", also featured in "The Beat".

Andrew Whelan
Career Advice and Networking
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Andrew Whelan stops by Draper University to share his experience and knowledge about networking, setting goals and much more.

Founder of his own company Green Home Cleaning & Maintenance Inc. Andrew currently works as a Career Coach, Online Instructor and Moderator @ General Assembly.

Andrew has also worked at programs such as New Hampshire Institute of Art and The Art Institute of California- San Francisco as a Career Service Advisor and a Director of Career Services.

Jonathan Hau
Understanding InVision
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With 9+ years of client facing experience in wealth management and technology industries Jonathan Hau is responsible for ensuring the long-term visionary success of the most influential digital prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform available, also engaging enterprise clients with usage tips, best practices and insights on product roadmap.

Enterprise Success Product Manager
InVisionApp Inc.

Tam Pham
Network hacking
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Tam Pham started Lean Startup’s ambassador program and managed their global community in over 50 countries. He started The Hustle’s ambassador program where he manages 300 people that grows 7% every week while collecting thousands of email subscribers. He grew the Choose Yourself community (inspired by bestselling author James Altucher) to over 6,000 members in less than one year.

Tam’s work has been seen by over 1,000,000 people on publications like Fortune, The Hustle, Quora, Medium, and through his bestselling book. He has spoken at Rotary International, AIESEC, General Assembly, Santa Clara University, & Stanford University.

11 days ago
Robert Scoble
Entrepreneur in Residence at Upload VR
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Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He later worked for Fast Company as a video blogger, and then Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He currently works for Upload VR  — a new media site covering virtual and augmented reality — as its entrepreneur in residence, where he develops new shows, events, and works with other entrepreneurs in the Upload Collective, a co-working space for virtual reality-focused startups.

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74 days ago
Draper University Pitch Day
Fall 2016
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After 7 intense weeks in the Draper University program, students pitch their startups and business ideas to a panel of notable Silicon Valley VC judges. They will be scrutinized on their presentation, business model, product, potential, and grit. Let us know on Twitter your favourite pitches!

Disclaimer: Students are presenting and pitching to the panel of VC judges present at the event. This video is not a general solicitation for funds to online viewers, and is produced for educational and personal purposes only.

87 days ago
Women in Tech Panel
Angie Chang, Caroline Ghosn, Jory De Jarnis, Sabeen Ali
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Draper University will feature trailblazing women in tech. We'll hear the stories of highly successful women from different fields within the tech industry, all finding solutions that work for getting more women into tech. Afterwards, we'll open up the floor for Q&A with the panelists and attendees.

The panel includes:
Angie Chang - Angie is the VP of Partnerships at Hackbright Academy and also runs their mentorship program.

Caroline Ghosn - Caroline is the founder and CEO of Levo, a network for millennials in the workplace.

Jory Des Jardinsm - Jory co-founded BlogHer, a category-defining women’s digital media company that was acquired by SheKnows Media in 2014.

Sabeen Ali - Sabeen is the founder and CEO of Angelhack, the world's largest and most diverse hacker community.

87 days ago
Dave McClure
Founder Partner at 500 Startups
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Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, a venture capital firm & startup incubator headquartered in Silicon Valley founded by PayPal and Google alumni, with over $200 in assets under management. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.
Dave is a frequent speaker at technology & entrepreneurship conferences and has invested in hundreds of companies around the world including: Credit Karma (valued >$1B in 2014), Twilio (raised >$100M as of 2013), MakerBot (acq $400M Stratasys), Wildfire Interactive (acq $350M Google), Viki (acq $200M Rakuten), Mashery (acq by Intel ~$200M), SendGrid (raised >$45M as of 2014), (acq $170M Intuit), SlideShare (acq $119M LinkedIn), among others.
From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel seed investment program for Founders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor & consultant to several startups and helped teach the nation's first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal (acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.
Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats.

179 days ago
Draper University Pitch Day
Summer 2016 (AM)
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The morning session of the Draper University Summer 2016 class Pitch Day. After 7 intense weeks in the Draper University program, students pitch their startups and business ideas to a panel of notable Silicon Valley VC judges. They will be scrutinized on their presentation, business model, product, potential, and grit. Let us know on Twitter your favourite pitches!

Disclaimer: Students are presenting and pitching to the panel of VC judges present at the event. This video is not a general solicitation for funds to online viewers, and is produced for educational and personal purposes only.