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John Doerr

John Doerr

John Doerr is Chairman of Kleiner Perkins. He has invested in numerous technology companies, including Google, Amazon, Sun Microsystems, and Netscape.

Overview

John Doerr is the chairman of Kleiner Perkins. He is also an engineer, venture capitalist, and the author of the best-selling books Measure What Matters and the Speed and Scale, which is an action plan to solve the global climate crisis.

Doerr has served as an advisor or on the board of several companies and groups, such as Amazon and Google. He is part of the leadership of the Speed & Scale organization, a global climate crisis initiative. In 2009, Doerr was appointed to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and in 2011, he was appointed to President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Doerr is the only investor to appear on Forbes' Midas List of top venture capitalists every year for the past two decades, and his net worth is estimated at $11 billion. In May 2022, he and his wife donated $1.1 billion to establish the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, which was the largest contribution ever made to the school.

Kleiner Perkins

John Doerr joined Kleiner Perkins in 1980 after working in Silicon Valley for five years. He joined Kleiner Perkins because they promised to back him at his startup company, which they did twice, first at Silicon Compilers for chip design and then at @Home for broadband internet.

Doerr has been with the firm for over forty years, helping entrepreneurs build their teams and companies. He led Kleiner Perkins' $12.5 million investment in Google in 1999 and was an early investor in DoorDash, Slack, and many more. His support of Jeff Bezos led to a $7 million investment that launched Amazon, the largest online retailer in the world. A pioneer of Silicon Valley’s cleantech movement, he has invested in zero-emissions technologies since 2006, deploying more than a billion dollars towards more efficient solar cells, better batteries, biofuels, lower-carbon cement, alternate proteins, and electric vehicles.

Early career

John Doerr started his career in 1975 in Silicon Valley at Intel, around the time Intel invented the 8-bit microchip. He had been seeking an internship at a venture capital firm but was turned down by all the ones he applied to. Five years later, in 1980, he joined Kleiner Perkins because they promised to back him in his startup company.

Education

John Doerr holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rice University. He also earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. He attended the Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Timeline

May 2022
John Doerr and his wife donate $1.1 billion to Stanford University to establish the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.
1980
John Doerr joins Kleiner Perkins.
1976
John Doerr earns his MBA from Harvard School of Business.
1975
John Doerr starts his career at Intel.
June 29, 1951
John Doerr was born in St. Louis.

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Rebecca Bellan
June 15, 2021
TechCrunch
G2 Venture Partners, a firm that spun out of Kleiner and Perkins Caufield & Byers, has raised $500 million to support entrepreneurs that aim to make existing industries more efficient, environmentally friendly and socially responsible. With Fund II, G2 is most bullish about technologies in transportation, logistics, manufacturing, agriculture and energy, with an increasing focus [...]
Candy Cheng
February 24, 2021
Business Insider
Sequoia's Michael Moritz and Kleiner's John Doerr are co-leading an investment for the first time since Google in 1999.

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