Silicon Valley venture capitalist opens in Asia

David Williams, Asia Pacific Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson talks with Nick Lord about his new firmÆs plans for the region and his views on where the internet is going.

David Williams is the Asia Pacific Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson perhaps the best-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The firm has just opened new offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and hired Williams away from the hallowed respectability of investment banking with Merrill Lynch. Here, he talks with Nick Lord about his new firms plans for the region and his views on where the internet is going.

Q So why open offices in Asia now

A The venture capital market in Asia is still relatively under developed compared to the US and Europe. Silicon valley has, by many estimates, 500-750 venture capital firms alone. Here in Asia there are probably only 10-15...

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