ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
John Doerr

John Doerr

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)

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 [GOOG]
  • Jeff Bezos: Amazon [AMZN]
  • Scott Cook, Bill Campbell: Intuit [INTU]
  • Andy Bechtolsheim, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla: Sun [SUNW]
  • And the founders of Compaq, Cypress, Macromedia and Symantec

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

In 1974 John joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. (He feels he was very lucky, in the right place at the right time). He worked in engineering, marketing and became a top-ranked sales executive.

John joined KPCB in 1980 and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first 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 technology innovation and policy entrepreneurs to help fight global warming
  • Internet/web ventures with strong network effects
  • Building a new open nationwide wireless network
  • Breakthroughs to prevent pandemic avian flu and global infectious disease
  • Your vision for TNBT (The Next Big Thing)

He also cares a lot about public education, global poverty/health, medical research and women as leaders. John is backing exceptional social and policy entrepreneurs including:

  • Ted Mitchell and Kim Smith, as co-founder of
  • Lezlee Westine, John Chambers and Jim Barksdale, as cofounder of
  • Al Gore, The Alliance for Climate Protection,
  • Reed Hastings,
  • Muhammed Yunnus, Grameen Foundation USA,
  • Bono's
  • Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute
  • Susie Mathieu and Dean Kamen FIRST Robotics,

Recent talks include:
National Governor’s Association Speech
TED 2007 - "Not Enough"
Rice University 2007 Commencement Address
KPCB Greentech Innovation Network 2007– “Conversation with Al Gore and John Doerr”

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.


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