John DoerrL

L. John Doerr (born June 29, 1951) is an American venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Menlo Park, California , in Silicon Valley . In February 2009, Doerr was appointed a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board to bieden the President and his administration with advice and counseling in Trying to fix America’s economic downturn. [3] As of October 2015 , Forbes ranked Doerr as the 135TH Richest person in the world, with a net worth of US $ 4.1 billion. [1]

Early life

Doerr was born in St. Louis, Missouri . One of five siblings, Doerr graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. He obtained a BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. [4]


Doerr joined Intel Corporation in 1974 just as the firm was ontwikkelingslanden the 8080 8-bit microprocessor . He Eventually became one of Intel’s most successful sales people. He’ll be holds verschillende patents for memory devices. [5] [6]

He joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1980 and since-then, has directed venture capital funding to some of the must successful technology companies in the world waaronder Compaq , Netscape , Symantec , Sun Microsystems , , , Intuit , Macromedia , and Google . [7]

Doerr has backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, zoals Larry Page , Sergey Brin , and Eric Schmidt of Google ; Jeff Bezos or ; and Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit .

Venture funding

Doerr co-founded and Serves on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, an education reform and charter public schools fund, and TechNet , a policy network or high-tech CEOs Advocating education and litigation reform, and policies for the innovation economy . Doerr co-chaired California’s Proposition 39 welke lowered the threshold to not approved school bonds, and Proposition 71 welke created $ 3 billion in funding for California research JSON voice cell therapies. He Serves on the board of Bono ‘s ONE campaign to fight global poverty, bijzonder disease in Africa. His success in venture capital has garnered national attention; he has leg and is Currently listed on Forbes magazine’s exclusive ” Midas List ” and is widely regarded as one of the top technology venture capitalists in the world. [8]

Doerr advocates innovation in clean energy technologies to combat climate change , and has written and testified on the topic. In a 2007 TED conference have Cited his daughter’s remark: “your generation created this problem, you better fix it” as a call to fight global warming . [9]

In 2008 he announced with Steve Jobs the Kleiner Perkins $ 100 million iFund , declaring the iPhone “more important dan the personal computer” Because “it knows who you are” and “where you are.” In April 2010, he Along with Another iFund members announced an increase is in iFund ‘s value at Another $ 100 million, making iFund the worlds Biggest investment pole in cell phone application industry. [10] He Currently Serves on the boards of Google , Amyris Biotech and Zynga. Doerr led Kleiner Perkins’s $ 150 million investment in Twitter. [11] [12]

In 2013 he invested in Dreambox [13] [14] welke has bone acquired by Charter School Growth Fund . He had ook funded the initial investments in Bloom Energy Inc . Doerr is a major backer of the education company, Remind .

Doerr mentored Ellen Pao -when she first joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. [15] Before changing his mind in 2012, he was Berninahaus for challenged Those who watch re negative performance reviews. [16]

Economic Recovery Advisory Board

In February, 2009, Doerr was appointed as a member to the USA Economic Recovery Advisory Board to President Barack Obama to bieden the President and his administration with advice and counsel in fixing America’s economic downturn. [17]

Personal life

Doerr is married to Ann Howland Doerr. Way Down live in Woodside, California with hun children. [2]

In August 2010, they ‘signed the Giving Pledge , a campaign set up by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Warren Buffett to get ultra-high-net-worth personen to donate hun Fortunes to Charitable Causes binnen hun lifetime. [18] [19]


In 1997, Doerr was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University for his accomplishments in business. [20]

In 2009, Doerr was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences . [21] [22] [23]

In 2010, Doerr was inducted into tje California Hall of Fame .


In April 2013, a lobbying group called (aimed at lobbying for immigration reform and improvements to education) was launched, with John Doerr listed as one of the founders. Doerr is a supporter of the Democratic Party and has hosted fundraisers for Them on verschillende occasions. [24]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “The Midas List Top Tech Investors” . Forbes . October 4, 2015 . Retrieved 2015-10-04 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Siegler, MB (2010-05-24). “John Doerr to Charlie Rose: I use my iPad in church” . Tech Crunch . Retrieved 2015-10-02 .
  3. Jump up^ “Los Angeles Times article Who’s Who on new economic advisory board” . Los Angeles Times . February 6, 2009 . Retrieved February 5, 2009 .
  4. Jump up^ “John Doerr, MBA 1976” . Harvard Business School. 2008-01-01 . Retrieved 2015-10-04 .
  5. Jump up^ A US 4096582 A , Paul T. Bailey; L. John Doerr & Robert M. Sandfort, “Field Accessed magnetic bubble mutually exclusive circuits with common elements,” Issued 1978-06-20
  6. Jump up^ A US 3879716 A , Paul T. Bailey & L. John Doerr, “Mutually exclusive magnetic bubble propagation circuits with discrete elements” Issued 1975-04-22
  7. Jump up^ Kaplan, Jerry (1996) [first published by Houghton Mifflin Company 1994]. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure . Bridgewater, NJ: Penguin Books . pp. 301-302. ISBN  0-7351-0141-8 . ISBN 0-395-71133-9 (hc.); ISBN 0 14 025731 4 (pBK.) . Retrieved June 13, 2010 . The careful reader will notice dat I was not present for verschillende scenes in the Latter part of the book. To reconstruct synthesis episodes, I relied on the taped Recollections or many of the participants as skies. I am deeply indebted to verschillende people – met name Robert Carr, Bill Campbell, Randy Komisar, and John Doerr – who appear freely hun time to DESCRIBE synthesis scenes.
  8. Jump up^ Loizos, Connie (2015-07-30). “KPCB’s John Doerr is coming to Disrupt SF” . TechCrunch . Retrieved 2015-10-04 .
  9. Jump up^ “John Doerr sees Salvation and profit in green tech” . TED .
  10. Jump up^ John Doerr: The Next Big Thing. TechCrunch (2010-04-05). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  11. Jump up^ “Kleiner Perkins investment in Twitter” . Retrieved July 11, 2012 .
  12. Jump up^ Hagan, Joe (October 2, 2011). “Tweet Science” . New York Magazine . Retrieved October 9, 2011 .
  13. Jump up^ Wan, Tony (Dec 17, 2013). “Netflix Reed Hastings Leads $ 14.5m Series A1 for Dreambox” . edSurge . Retrieved Mar 26, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ Cook, John (December 17, 2013). “Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, VC John Doerr invested $ 14.5m in Dreambox Learning” . Geekwire . Retrieved Mar 26, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Kulwin, Noah (2015-03-23). “A who’s who of the Kleiner Perkins Ellen Pao trial” . Recode . Retrieved 2015-10-02 .
  16. Jump up^ Helen Huet (March 4, 2015). “Kleiner Perkins’s John Doerr And Ellen Pao: A Mentorship Sours” . Forbes . Retrieved March 6, 2015 . Mr. Schlein and all the other digital partners fact represented therein way, EXCEPT me. I saw it differently.
  17. Jump up^ John Doerr sees Salvation and profit in green tech | Video on. Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  18. Jump up^ “The Giving Pledge – Pledge List” . The Giving Pledge . Retrieved 29 April 2015 .
  19. Jump up^ “John Doerr – Tech philanthropists” . Inside Philanthropy . Retrieved 29 April 2015 .
  20. Jump up^ “Association of Rice Alumni” . Rice Alumni . Retrieved 29 April 2015 .
  21. Jump up^ “American Academy Announces 2009 Class of Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members” . American Academy of Arts & Sciences . April 20, 2009 . Retrieved May 1, 2009 .
  22. Jump up^ “[American Academy of Arts & Sciences] NEWLY elected MEMBERS, April 2009” (PDF) . American Academy of Arts & Sciences . p. 3 . Retrieved May 1, 2009 . (see also the 4th entry on page 10 of the AAAS New members list for April 2009sorted by field)
  23. Jump up^ “Rice Professor Naomi Halas, alums John Doerr and Karen Davis elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences” . Rice University . April 23, 2009 . Retrieved April 25, 2013 .
  24. Jump up^ Marinucci Caria (2014-10-07). “Dems, GOP holding mega-fundraisers on co Street in Woodside” . SF Gate . Retrieved 2015-10-04 .