Partner, Kleiner Perkins
John Doerr is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who knows well you’re only as good as the entrepreneurs you serve.
John and his partners at Kleiner Perkins strive every day to find, fund, and accelerate the success of truly disruptive entrepreneurs. John has backed the best – including Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com; and Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit.
Doerr’s passion is helping entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing” in mobile services, healthcare transformation, edtech and greentech. Ventures sponsored by John have created more than 300,000 new full time jobs. John serves on the boards of Amyris, Alphabet/Google, and Zynga, as well as several private ventures. He led KPCB’s investments in Twitter, Uber and Slack.
John’s tech career began at Intel, just as they introduced the 8080 microprocessor. He learned about operating excellence from Andy Grove — insights he shares with entrepreneurs today. Doerr was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers and co-founded the @Home network, pioneering nationwide broadband Internet over cable. John launched the first ever fund for mobile apps (the “iFund”) with Steve Jobs announcing Apple’s game-changing “App Store”.
Outside of Kleiner Perkins, John supports social entrepreneurs in public education, the climate crisis, and global poverty. These include NewSchools.org, the Climate Reality Project and ONE.org.
John earned degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and business from Harvard. He has patents for computer memory devices and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John is a past member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness