Venture capitalists, whether part of a firm or independent angel investors, play an important role in financing tech innovation. These movers and shakers dominate venture funding.
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Tim Draper, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson--serves on the board of Glam, Kyte.tv, Meebo, ShareThis, SocialText, Wigix, and DFJ Plug 'N Play--in addition to investing in Skype, Overture.com, Baidu, Parametric Technology, Hotmail , PLX Technologies, Preview Travel, and Digidesign. Draper has served on the California Board of Education; is the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children;, and serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean's Advisors.