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Startup of the Year Podcast

Mar 25, 2021

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Tim Draper at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Tim is a top global venture capitalist, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds.

Tim’s investments include Coinbase, Robinhood, TwitchTV, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, Hotmail, SolarCity, Athenahealth, Box, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC, Ledger and many others.

Tim is also a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. He has served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. Tim also led an initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by Three Californias, which was approved for the ballot, but was rejected by the California Supreme Court before the vote.

We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips about keeping top of mind in a competitive funding landscape in a segment called the “VC Minute.”

We also celebrate one of our alumni, Blake Hall, and his company (which is a digital identification platform that simplifies how individuals securely prove and share their identities online) recently raised Nine-Figure Round.

There is also the upcoming CTA Foundation's 2021 Virtual Pitch Event (sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs) which will take place on March 31st. Join us as eight startups pitch their innovations and engage in Q&A with experts. This year there will also be an audience favorite award, where attendees vote LIVE as startups pitch! You can find out more info and register for the event at:

We’ve also recently been active on the Clubhouse app where we have created our new “Startup Community Club” for our community and we hope that you all will join or follow the “Startup Community Club.” You can find it at

We also invite all of our listeners to get involved with our program by visiting: This is the best way to get notified of the various startup opportunities that we come across while working with various partner organizations and in a number of ecosystems across the country.

It is also that time of year again when the Startup of the Year 2021 Application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at

Lastly, we want to continue to let our startup listeners know that the NASA iTech program is looking for for startups for their various pitch sessions and you can apply by visiting our link at:

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals. Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook -