33voices, interviews Tim Draper, founder and MD at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
The School of Experience
Much has been said about the discrepancy that exists between the skills you need to get ahead in life today and the ones that made you a straight A student at University. In 2012, the Gallup organization surveyed 1,217 high school students in the fifth through 12th grade and discovered that 46% of them had ambition to start their own business; 42% were driven to invent something that changes the world, while 7% were currently interning with a local business. The sad irony, however, is that the older they get, the more insecure they become, largely due to the lack of real world experience. Because entrepreneurs tend to independent thinkers, they need an environment that fosters risk, rewards failure and expands on dreams. That environment doesn’t exist at your local high school of university, but it’s exactly the kind of culture that free-spirited venture capitalist Tim Draper is creating with,The Draper University of Heroes. If you’re one of the fortunate ones to be accepted, you’ll go on an eight week journey of a lifetime, culminating with a chance to win funding for your idea from some of Silicon Valley’s elites. You don’t learn about history at Draper, but you do create the future, here’s how —-