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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Kleiner Perkins is an American venture capital firm headquartered on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley.

Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers is a Silicon Valley venture capital (VC) firm. For over five decades, Kleiner Perkins (previously known as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) has invested in technology and life science companies. 



The firm has backed companies such as Sun Microsystems, Compaq Computer Corp., Lotus, Netscape Communications Corp., America Online Inc., and Amazon with a combined market cap of about $650 billion. KP's partners assemble management teams and often sit on boards of the companies they sponsor. An informal version of the Japanese "keiretsu" system encourages resource sharing and deal making among KP-backed companies.

Investments

Over the past 50 years, Kleiner Perkins has invested $10 billion in hundreds of companies like Amazon, Google and Genentech.



KP tries to eliminate risk in all areas of ventures: technological risk, financial risk, operating risk, and market risk. In its first decade, Kleiner Perkins invested in about 50 companies, mostly high-tech Silicon Valley start-ups, through three funds totaling $78 million. These funds were reportedly averaging annual returns of 50 percent.



One of KPCB's more notorious investments of the decade was in Go Corporation, whose purpose was developing a pen-operated computer. The company collapsed after spending six years and $75 million on the project. KPCB VI, the firm's sixth fund, raised $173 million in 1992; it returned $878 million in the next ten years.



Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - China

KPCB China's investment advisory team was founded in 2007 with the goal of building a dialog between entrepreneurs and investors in China. Kleiner Perkins focus their global investments in China due to China's rapidly growing economy and startup culture. The advisory team operates independently and focuses on Digital, Green Tech and Life science opportunities. The investment advisory team is focused on identifying and promoting innovation and supporting entrepreneurs and portfolio companies.

Timeline

January 31, 2019

KP 18 fund announced

Kleiner Perkins announces their 18th venture fund: $600 million to focus on early stage investing

Funded Companies

227 Results
Company
Company
Description
Description
Website
Website
Industry
Industry
Location
Location

AngelList is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups.

Desktop Metal is a Burlington, Massachusetts-based metal 3D printing company founded in 2015 by Ric Fulop, Jonah Myerberg, and Ely Sachs.

A technology company developing and providing a communications platform for web and mobile businesses to interact with customers.

SmileCareClub is a company that offers aligner therapy using a series of plastic aligners that gradually shift teeth into desired position.

Nextdoor is a company providing a private communications platform for neighborhoods.It was founded in 2011 and is located in San Francisco, California. 

A software company providing cloud-based employee management solutions. It combines human resources, information technology, and operations. It was founded in 2016 and has locations in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India.

Practice Fusion is a San Francisco-based company founded by Matthew Douglass, Jonathan Malek and Ryan Howard.

Instacart is an internet-based grocery delivery service company.

Propel builds software dedicated to helping low-income Americans improve their financial health with technology.

A media company providing a mobile advertising and client connecting platform.It was founded in 2007 and is located in Bangalore, India. 

A multinational technology company focusing in e-commerce and cloud computing.

LendUp is a company building credit products that cater people with low credit or volatile income. It participated in the W12 cohort of Y Combinator.

A biotechnology company making specialty ingredients and consumer products out of plant sugars.

Global company which provides a variety of internet services and mobile applications pertaining to road traffic

Better Mortgage offers an online mortgage application which promises faster preapproval and a better rate.

Ngmoco is a San Francisco-based company founded by Neil Young.

Citrix delivers people-centric solutions that power a better way to work by offering secure apps and data on any device, network or digital workspace

A company offering an exercise bike capable of streaming indoor cycling classes.

Inkitt is a Germany-based publishing company.

Associated investment funds

9 Results
Investment Fund
Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Location
Date signed
Date signed
250,000,000
November 2, 2011
50,000,000
October 21, 2010

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Al Gore

Advisor



Alicia Lau

Fellows Program Manager



Amanda Duckworth

Chief Marketing OFficer



Andy Chen

Employee



Anjney Midha

Employee



Annie Case

Investor



Beth Seidenberg

Advisor



Bing Gordon

Advisor



Brook Byers

Founder



Bucky Moore

Partner



Colin Powell

Advisor



David Mount

Employee



Eric Feng

Advisor



Ilya Fushman

Partner



Jackie Xu

Talent



Jason Doren

CAO & General Counsel



Chairman



Josh Coyne

Investor



Katie Hutchison

Communications



Ker Zhang

Entrepreneur in Residence



KPCB

Employee



Lynne Chou O' Keefe

Advisor



Mamoon Hamid

Partner



Michael Abbott

Employee



Monica Desai

Investor



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Companies

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3V Biosciences







3VR







41st Parameter







Aerohive







Affectiva







airbnb







Airtime







Alien Vault







Align







Alkira







Amazon







Ambiq Micro







Amprius







Amyris







Angel List







Aol







Appdynamics







Apperian







AppOrbit







Aquion Energy







Arc Sight







Area 1







Armo Biosciences







Arresto







Atara Bio







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