Our legacy dates back to 1860s San Francisco, and now spans five-generations of transformative innovation.

From railroads to rockets, DF has been at the forefront of innovation for over 100 years. With experience on all sides of transactions, from founder to investor, inventor to director, operator to advisor, we know the difference between an investment and an opportunity.

Our signature terms sheets, the8fund and LIFOGate, take this century of knowledge and turn venture deals into fair deals. We aren't the right firm for everyone. We are the right firm for your long term. 

A.W. Foster comes to San Francisco from Belfast, Ireland, and makes a name for himself as a broker.




A.W. Foster buys the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad in 1893 before remaking the North Bay.


Foster's investments in agriculture, many made during his 27 years on the University of California Board of Regents, remake large portions of the California economy.


A. F. Draper piloting the Langley, a wood and resin aircraft invented with Martin Jensen.


A. F. Draper managing operation of the computer's first use in predicting the outcome of a presidential election.

Computational models developed by C.H. Draper routinely expand operating corridors for launch vehicles and drones.



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