Venture capitalist Tim Draper speaks at Amador

Silicon Valley billionaire hosted by school's investment club

Amador Valley High recently hosted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper at an event created by the school's investment club.

Draper, who is known as the founder of the venture capital firm DFJ and entrepreneurship program Draper University, spoke on a number of subjects ranging from viral marketing and Bitcoin to future innovation opportunities at the event Thursday.

"I think that we in Pleasanton are very fortunate to be living in Silicon Valley, possibly the most innovative place on Earth," Amador sophomore Rohan Gupta, outreach officer for the school's investment club and the main event organizer, said in a statement.

"We as high-schoolers at Amador are lucky that Mr. Draper, who is one of the most respected and reputed venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, decided to come and educate us about how to thrive in that innovative environment," Gupta added.

Draper gave the students advice on investing and also spoke about life lessons learned through business.

"In my opinion, his best advice was never to give up and be OK with failure," Amador sophomore Kevin Andrews said.

Amador economics and history teacher Delise Anderson kicked off the event with opening remarks on the importance of knowing how to make smart financial decisions. City councilwoman Karla Brown gave the introduction to Draper.

Draper stated that he was "very impressed" with the school and investment club.

"The students were engaged, and they stayed after school to hear me," he said.


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