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

Company
Description
Website
Industry
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 that has developed solutions for making and receiving payments. It was founded in 2009 and is located in San Francisco, California.

A telemedicine service company that delivers oral contraceptives and various testing kits to its customers. It was founded in 2015 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California.

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

Dollar Shave Club offers a monthly membership service that delivers stainless steel razor blades and other personal grooming products to customers by mail.

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

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.

A software company making communication software for instantly sharing videos.

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.

Moveworks is an AI, machine learning, enterprise natural language understanding (NLU) and chatbot platform that resolves IT Service Desk support issues.

Chegg is a California-based company founded in 2005 by Osman Rashid, Aayush Phumbhra and Josh Carlson.

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Associated investment funds

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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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

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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References

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