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Jesse Draper

Jesse Draper

Founding Partner

Halogen Ventures

Los Angeles, CA

I am founding partner of Halogen Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund for female founded consumer technologies. I am also creator and host of an Emmy nominated talk show called 'The Valley Girl Show'. I am also a Mom.

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2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Creatives

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Creatives category recognizes those who imagine—scientists, inventors, filmmakers, musicians, and all the forward-thinking innovators who shape the new.

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About

Jesse Draper

I am a technology personality and creator and host of televised 2015 Emmy Nominated “The Valley Girl Show” as well as CEO of Valley Girl, Inc. I have produced and distributed over 300 interviews with some of the greatest minds in business, entertainment and technology including; Ted Turner, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jessica Alba, MC Hammer, Will.i.am, and former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt. USA Today called the show “Must see startup TV”. You will also be seeing me as a regular mentor on ABC Family’s new show Startup U airing in August.

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Career

Valley Girl, Inc.

CEO & Founder

I created and produce "The Valley Girl Show" a talk show based around the idea of interviewing the movers and shakers of the world in a new light. "The Valley Girl Show" features guests such as Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, Ted Turner and MC Hammer to name a few. Check it out at http://www.valleygirl.tv.

Tech Expert

Multiple

Previously a Nickelodeon star, I have used my comedic talents to bring an approachable feel to the world of business and tech. Having grown up in Silicon Valley around entrepreneurs, with a father in the tech business, I would often be one of the first people to test out new technologies. I attended the first Skype board meeting in Estonia and was used as part of their first video conference demo when I was 16 and was also one of the first people to test AOL Instant Messenger. I bring an approachable and applicable feel to all things geek.

Valley Girl Ventures

Angel Investor

I am also an angel investor through my fund, Valley Girl Ventures where I do early stage seed investing in female founded startups; some of my portfolio companies include Laurel & Wolf, Move Loot, Carbon38 & Sugarfina.

Advice for Entrepreneurs

One of the best aspects of my job is getting to speak with some of the countries best entrepreneurs. Here is a video compilation of great advice they've given me.

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Contributing Writer

I am a contributor to Marie Claire, Refinery29, SV Magazine, Mashable, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and Glam and am regularly asked to appear as a tech expert on such networks and programs as CNBC, HLN and ‘The Katie Couric Show’.

Women in Business

I founded a women in business organization in association with ‘The Valley Girl Show’ which holds exclusive quarterly events across the country for networking and support of women in business.

Read more about Valley Girls Group here!

University of California, Los Angeles

BA, Theater

I'm a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.