A Conversation with John Doerr
The Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series is pleased to welcome legendary venture capitalist and tech visionary, John Doerr.
John Doerr joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1980 and has since backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit; and Mark Pincus of Zynga. Doerr's passion is helping entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing” in mobile and social networks, greentech innovation, education, and economic development. Ventures sponsored by Doerr have created more than 200,000 new jobs. Doerr serves on the boards of Amyris, Google, and Zynga, as well as several private technology ventures. He also led KPCB’s investment in Twitter.
Doerr's technology career began in 1974 at Intel, just as the chipmaker was inventing the groundbreaking 8080 microprocessor. During his Intel years, he held roles in engineering, marketing, management, and sales. He also learned about operating excellence from Intel co-founder Andy Grove — insight that he continues to share with entrepreneurs today. He later founded Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and co-founded @Home, the nationwide broadband cable Internet service.
Outside of KPCB, Doerr supports entrepreneurs focused on the environment, public education, and alleviating global poverty. These include NewSchools.org, TechNet.org, the Climate Reality Project, and ONE.org. Doerr earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds several patents for computer memory devices. Doerr is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium
37th and O St., N.W., Washington