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John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He’s optimistic, enthusiastic and energetic. John joined KPCB in 1980, and with KPCB’s partners backed many of America’s best entrepreneurial leaders, including

John was founding CEO of Silicon Compilers, a CAD software company; and co-founder of the first broadband cable network, @Home. He came to Silicon Valley in 1974 and joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. (He feels lucky he was in the right place, at the right time.) He worked in engineering, marketing, and sales, where he was a top-ranked sales executive.

John Chambers described John as “the single best venture capitalist in the world.” Eric Schmidt called him “one of Google’s best board members.” And Jeff Bezos said, “Doerr {and Kleiner} is the center of gravity in the internet.”

He has also been part of several big failures, most famously GO Corporation, chronicled by Jerry Kaplan in the book “Startup”.

John serves on the boards of Google, Amazon, Intuit, Homestore, and Sun. And also private ventures Good Technology, Miasole, Purkinje, Spatial Photonics.

He is passionately encouraging innovators to prevent pandemic avian flu and global infectious disease.

John is a technologist 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.

John enjoys conversations with students and entrepreneurs, including:

John also cares a lot about public education, global poverty/health, research and innovation, science (not “intelligent design”) and women as leaders. He is backing social and policy entrepreneurs, working with

John was co-chair of

  • California Proposition 39, raising $18 Billion of funding for public schools
  • California Proposition 71, authorizing $3 Billion for stem cell research, and
  • NO on California Proposition 211, stopping frivolous lawsuits (and frivolous lawyers)


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