Kleiner Perkins

  • Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Yesterday afternoon, the legal team representing venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers rested its case in the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins trial, bringing the fourth full week in the courtroom to a close. The end of the trial is now clearly in sight, with only the closing arguments and the jury deliberations remaining. Over the past several days, Kleiner’s head… Read More

  • Death By A Thousand Seating Charts

    Death By A Thousand Seating Charts

    When Kleiner Perkins’ head legal counsel Lynne Hermle pulled up a seating chart from the firm’s December 2011 offsite on the court’s projector during her cross examination of Ellen Pao yesterday, the courtroom remained respectfully silent. But there was a collective groan in the online backchannel of reporters who have been covering the Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins trial in… Read More

  • It’s Well Past Time VCs Hired HR Directors

    It’s Well Past Time VCs Hired HR Directors

    Those following the Pao/KPCB saga in court yesterday were treated to the testimony of Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner partner, who claimed on the witness stand that she too was uncomfortably propositioned by Ajit Nazre. Nazre was the Kleiner partner who Pao claims in her lawsuit harassed her after the two had a falling out. Vassallo said in court that when she brought this to the attention of… Read More

  • BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Resources, a startup company backed by some of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital has raised $35 million in project financing to mine precious metals in Arkansas. BlueOak won’t be strip-mining, open-pit mining, or moving mountains to get at precious metals. Instead the company intends to build mini-refineries that will extract the wealth of gold, silver, copper, and… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins Names Bing Gordon As Chief Product Officer; Debuts Founder Education Program ProductWorks

    Kleiner Perkins Names Bing Gordon As Chief Product Officer; Debuts Founder Education Program ProductWorks

    It’s no secret that Kleiner Perkins has been restructuring its partnership, with some partners leaving and others transitioning to new roles within the firm. Today, the firm announced that General Partner Bing Gordon, who was the former Chief Creative Officer at EA, will become the firm’s Chief Product Officer, leading KPCB ProductWorks, a program that provides entrepreneurs… Read More

  • John Doerr On Zynga: ‘We Have To Get Zynga’s Stock Price To Where God Intended It To Be’

    John Doerr On Zynga: ‘We Have To Get Zynga’s Stock Price To Where God Intended It To Be’

    When all else fails for your company, look to the heavens. Zynga — the social gaming company that has in the last several months changed its CEO, laid people off, pulled back from original strategic plans and struggled with waning interest in its gaming franchises amid competition from newer entrants — has seen its stock drop by nearly 70% since it first went public in December 2011. Read More

  • Site Search Engine Creator Swiftype Raises $1.7M From A16Z, Others

    Site Search Engine Creator Swiftype Raises $1.7M From A16Z, Others

    Swiftype, a Y Combinator startup that creates site search engines, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ignition and several angel investors. Founded in 2012, Swiftype builds search engines in real time, organizing pages based on importance rankings from your page. After creating your search engine, the Swiftype… Read More

  • John Doerr On Zynga Investment: “We Own 60M Shares, So I Want That Stock Back Above $10 … Where God Intended It”

    John Doerr On Zynga Investment: “We Own 60M Shares, So I Want That Stock Back Above $10 … Where God Intended It”

    Investors tend not to be cool, sexy or “famous” in the traditional sense. After all, anyone can invest in one great company, but reproducing those victories habitually over decades is nearly impossible. Thus, while investors may never become celebrities, a handful have managed to achieve a kind of renown by defying the odds and continuing to pick next year’s winner. While… Read More