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William H. Draper III

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Title:     General Partner

Location:  San Francisco, US West

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Company:   Draper Richards

Type:      Small Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Draper Richards is an active investor, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential through contacts, advice, and support. We provide portfolio companies assistance in the areas of strategy, executive team recruiting, and raising capital.

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Had a Great Meeting with Howard

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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Had a great meeting with Howard some time ago after an intro from another Angel-firm.

We spoke the same language and his question where sharp and direct. His experience is of great relevance for us and he seems to have the mindset to understand disruptive technologies and how they affect markets. Also, he gives the impression of beeing well-connected and understanding what kind of experience that would be useful for us.

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Howard is the Best VC Out There.

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by alecpeters on 2007-05-04

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Howard is the first VC I went to after a bad experience with Crosslink Capital in my last company. Having been the victim of a VC (Jim Feuille) who was more interested in taking over the company than doing what was right for ALL the shareholders, Howard is one VC who is genuinely interested in the entrepreneur and who will give you the best feedback he can. He actually DOES add value and always returns my calls. While Howard didn't invest in my company (Bill wasn't keen on fantasy sports), he agreed to serve on my board and he has already driven more value to my company than I could have hoped. He is the man!

Howard has a good sense of humor. I can see how some people might take it the wrong way, but lighten up! Howard is a good guy who really cares.

I took a company I am on the board of here in Atlanta out to see a few VCs and get their input. Howard told them to change their focus radically. Some might have been offended, but these guys took Howard's advice and they keep telling me how pivitol that was and what great advice it wound up being.

So I give Howard a huge thumbs up!

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Howard's a Straight Shooter and More....

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by neal24 on 2007-05-04

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As an entrepreneur who has pitched to Howard before and been turned down, the only thing I can say is that I have a lot of respect for Howard. He is really sharp, and insightful. He was upfront with us and told us exactly how we felt about our business, what metrics/goals he would like to see in order to get him interested in the deal.

Then he jumped to the whiteboard and actually helped us think through our pitch!!! He gave us pointers as to how we could make it more compelling. Last, he forwarded us to a couple of people he thought who could help us out.

I am surprised that some people have had such a bad experience with him. Based on the responses at the Funded, it has to be his upfront, honest feedback that might put people off.

All in all my meeting with Howard was the best one that I had out of all the VCs and angels I met. I would actually recommend entrepreneurs to get on his calendar before scheduling any meetings with other VCs.

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We Had a Positive Experience

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Cory on 2007-05-04

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We had a meeting with Howard this week and found him to be really straight forward. He ultimately passed on our deal, but he told us that he was taking a pass before we even left the table. It was one of the most kind and honest conversations that I have had in some time.

I see that there are some negative opinions here but that has not been my experience at all.

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Great Experience in Pitch and Board

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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Howard and Bill sized up our company and opportunity faster than anyone we pitched (over 12 VC's). The feedback was honest, the timeline to close was clear, and they moved quickly. The integrity of Bill in particular was shocking - he shook our hands, promised a close in X days, and when the lawyers dragged, he wired the money anyway. What VC has ever stuck to his word" It's crazy. Since then Howard joined our Board and has worked harder than any VC I've worked with. He's like a free VP, Biz Dev. I've worked with KPCB, Benchmark, Sequoia, and others on 8 start-ups. Believe me, he's operationally top notch. And I just met the guy for the first time in my pitch.

It's surprising to me to read this other feedback here, for that doesn't seem like Howard at all. I wouldn't hestitate to say those kinds of things about other VC's - there are tons of nut jobs on Sand Hill, and would go as far to say that a majority of them should be selling insurance instead. We went with Howard and Bill because their integrity was a breath of fresh air.

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Howard is an Observer on My Board

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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Howard is no-bullshit, no sitting on the fence investor. He likes it or he doesn't like it. The strategy is good or it's not. As an entrepreneur, it's refreshing to get black and white from an investor. The roldex is healthy and always open. Board level value-add comes in the form of concise, on-topic and insightful observations/recommendations.

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Efficient Meeting, Helpful Follow Up

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-02

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I met with Bill recently to get his advice on an early stage social network recently. Bill was personable, sharp and when the conversation moved to business, he called in his CFO Cynthia and the two peppered me with sharp, thoughtful questions. Before the meeting was over, Bill made a call to introduce me to another investor. Very helpful and personable all around.

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Over Rated Team. They are 'Ok'

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by FloridaCEO on 2008-07-21

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I really wasn't impressed with the quality of the team's questions or their due diligence. Not sure they could grasp the value proposition.

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Down for the Count" Hartenbaum Bails...

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-01

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http://venturebeat.com/2008/04/15/how...

I was reading that the infamous, blunt, and outspoken general partner, Howard Hartenbaum, has left Draper Richards for another venture firm. From my dealings, Howard is definitely rough around the edges, but he was the face man of the firm.

Since almost all of the reviews here are of Howard's performance, ranging from "Really Conceited" to "Howard Is Human," I am not sure what the future hold for Draper Richards. Draper Richards needs to move quickly to separate its image from Howard and build a new reputation.

It's also not a great sign that the face man has left. Are they out of money"

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West Coast Focus

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-31

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Does not seem interested in deals outside of the bay area.

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Asks a Lot of Questions, Some of Them Good!

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-17

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My experience with HH is that he asks more questions during a meeting than other VCs, really listens to your answer about as often as other VCs and figures things out pretty quickly. Some of the things he figures out are actually correct.

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Bill and Howard are Fantastic

Fund: Draper Richards

Posted by auren on 2007-07-17

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while i have never pitched Bill or Howard, plenty of the companies i have been an angel investor in have. Bill and Howard are both great guys and they are the "good guys" in the venture world. they have both been extremely helpful to me over the years with lots of helpful advice, contacts, and insights. they are definitely a go-to stop for an entrepreneur.

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