FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why VCx exists?

VCx is addressing a major bottleneck in the world of capital investments: the lack of VC know-how. Entrepreneurship became the engine for economic growth, but investors still need to "catch-up" with the financial and non-financial practices to evaluate early-stage deals and assess visionary founders.

What is so special about Silicon Valley venture capitalists?

Evaluating and investing in early stage companies is both a science and an art. The domain expertise that lies among Silicon Valley VCs is critical if the asset class is to perform globally. Evaluating real companies while being coached by a Silicon Valley VC allows for knowledge to be transferred.

While technology is not a VC investment imperative, an understanding of technology trends has become really important. Technology, not labor or capital, has become the primary driver of innovation and economic growth. Silicon Valley is the #1 technology hub in the world.

How long has VCx been around?

Our first session took place in November 2014.

Am I a good fit for VCx?

We usually invite members of prominent entrepreneurial families. There is no VC experience requirement. While some participants have started diversifying their investments to include VC, some are still pioneering into this space. We also invite successful business individuals or investors interested in becoming angel investors.

Is VCx only for accredited investors?

Yes, all participants must be accredited investors as defined by the SEC on Rule 501 of Regulation D.

How large are the sessions?

They are designed to maximize the interaction between the participants, limiting the space to around 15 participants per class.

What happens once I graduate from a session?

VCx’s uniqueness lies in its network and access. Upon graduating you become part of a global venture investor base with shared investment opportunities and access to industry insights.
Starting in the summer of 2016, an annual reunion for all of those who have attended a VCx session (including speakers and significant others), will help catalyze the relationships among all the members of the network. We call this reunions, VCx unplugged.

When are the sessions?

See our calendar page. Spring sessions takes place in May, usually third week of the month (or the week before Memorial day). Fall sessions takes place in November, usually second week of the month (or the week of Veteran's day).

Where do the sessions take place?

The entire group lodges in downtown Palo Alto and most activities take place at Tim Draper's HQ: located 25 minutes south of San Francisco, 10 minutes south of San Francisco International Airport and 20 minutes north of Palo Alto.

What is the Draper Ecosystem?

Our San Mateo campus is home to: Draper Associates (an early-stage VC fund), the Draper Venture Network (a collective of independent VC funds across the world), BoostVC (a future-tech accelerator), Hero City (a co-working space and startup community), Draper University (a residential entrepreneurship program for founders) and DraperTV (an online educational platform for everything startup related).

What are the main takeaways?

Meet and learn from active venture capitalists: how they look at and invest in innovative early stage companies. Access to curated startup deal flow. Join an exclusive network of peer investors interested in the VC space.

What is the payment policy?

Payments are due within 15 days of the invoice date to guarantee participation and secure the registration.
Due to the advance obligations, limited space, and pre-session preparations, we do not provide refunds for registration cancellations. In most cases, the fee will be credited for a deferred participation.

Is there a privacy policy?

We safeguard the privacy of our members and participants by preventing any misuse of personal information provided to us for the purpose of facilitating contact before, during and after any one of our activities. All participants in any VCx activity shall agree to treat any information related to the list of participants and their contact information as strictly confidential and to use it solely to facilitate personal communication among them. In case of violation, we reserve the right to take any action we deem appropriate and necessary to protect the nature and the confidentiality of our activities. Participants are hereby advised that VCx will be taking photographs and videos during each session for promotional purposes.