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John Doerr - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Together with KPCB’s partners, John has backed many of America’s best entrepreneurial leaders, including:

Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt: Google;
Jeff Bezos: Amazon;
Scott Cook, Bill Campbell: Intuit;
Andy Bechtolsheim, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla: Sun;
And the founders of Compaq, Cypress, Macromedia and Symantec.

These ventures have created more than 150,000 new jobs.

In 1974 John got a summer job at a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor.  (He later worked in engineering, marketing and sales.)

John joined KPCB in 1980 and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and later co-founded @Home, the nationwide broadband cable Internet service.

Eric Schmidt calls John “one of Google’s best board members.”  And Jeff Bezos says, “Doerr (and Kleiner) is the center of gravity in the Internet.”  John has also been part of several big failures, most famously GO Corporation, chronicled by Jerry Kaplan in the book Startup.

John is passionate about:

Green tech innovation and policies to fight global warming;
A “third wave” of disruptive Mobile and Social Web ventures;
Helping entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing.”
He is backing entrepreneurs working on global warming, job creation, public education, and global poverty/health including:

Ted Mitchell and Kim Smith, co-founders of NewSchools.org;
Linda Moore and John Chambers, leaders of TechNet;
Al Gore, The Alliance for Climate Protection;
Bono and David Lane, One;
Susie Mathieu and Dean Kamen FIRST Robotics, usfirst.org.

John is a techie and inventor, holding patents for computer memory devices. He earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard.  Doerr is a member of AAAS , the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

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