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
Industry
Website
Location
Genentech

Biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes therapeutic products for serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Disease areas include oncology, immunology, ophthalmology, metabolism and virology. Genentech has been a member of the Roche Group since 2009.

Beyond Meat makes plant-based meat alternatives such as burgers, sausages, chicken strips, and ground beef. Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 by Ethan Brown and is based in Los Angeles, California.

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

Amprius is a Fremont, California-based nanotechnology company developing silicon nanowires for lithium-ion batteries and founded by Mark Platshon and Yi Cui.

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.

Twitter is a micro-blogging internet service founded in 2006.

Atoms makes shoes for everyday wear. Made with elastic laces, copper lining, breathable materials, and simple design.

Snapchat, a product of Snap Inc., is a free image messaging application and augmented reality platform.

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

A company offering an online platform for collaborative design in team environments.

Instacart is an internet-based grocery delivery service company.

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.

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

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XVII, LLC
400,000,000
June 29, 2016
250,000,000
November 2, 2011
50,000,000
October 21, 2010
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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

John Doerr

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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