Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Together with KPCB's partners, John has backed many of America's best entrepreneurial leaders and companies. He currently serves on the boards of Google and Amazon.com.
In 1974 John joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. He worked in engineering, marketing and became a top-ranked sales executive. John joined KPCB in 1980 and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service.
He is personally involved in the improvement of K-12 public education, global poverty/health, and public policy. John serves on the boards of New Schools, TechNet, ONE and the Aspen Institute. He was co-chair of: California Proposition 39, raising $23 Billion of funding for public schools; California Proposition 71, authorizing $3 Billion for stem cell research; and NO on California Proposition 211, stopping frivolous lawsuits and lawyers. He helped advocate the creation of the $1 Billion BARDA program to strengthen national preparedness against pandemic flu, and he led a delegation of entrepreneurs to advocate passage of California's landmark AB32: Global Warming Solutions Act.
John holds patents for computer memory devices. He earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard.