John Doerr is a venture capitalist and philanthropist known for investing in technology companies such as Google, Amazon, and Uber. He is a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, where he has been since the early 1980s.
Doerr was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1951 and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1973. He then went on to earn a master's degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In the 1980s, Doerr began his career as a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins. He quickly made a name for himself with his investments in technology companies such as Compaq Computer and Sun Microsystems. In 1999, he was one of the early investors in Google, becoming one of the most successful companies in the world. He also invested in Amazon, which became a significant player in the tech industry, and Uber, one of the most valuable private companies in the world.
Doerr is also known for his philanthropy, particularly in the areas of education and clean energy. He and his wife, Ann, founded the Doerr Family Foundation, which focuses on improving education and promoting clean energy. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to improve healthcare and reduce poverty around the world.
Throughout his career, Doerr has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the technology industry and his philanthropic efforts. He has been inducted into the National Venture Capital Association Hall of Fame and was named one of the 100 most powerful people in the world by Forbes in 2011.
Doerr continues to be an active venture capitalist and philanthropist and is widely respected in the tech industry for his ability to identify and invest in companies that have the potential to become significant players in the industry.