John Doerr is an engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist and the chairman of Kleiner Perkins.

Why you should listen

For over 40 years, John Doerr has served entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism, helping them build disruptive companies and bold teams. He was one of the pioneers in the venture capital community investing in breakthrough clean technologies, deploying more than a billion dollars towards more efficient solar cells, better batteries, biofuels, lower-carbon cement, alternate proteins and electric vehicles.

Doerr was an original investor and board member at Amazon and Google and has helped create more than a million jobs and some of the world's most valuable companies. Outside of Kleiner Perkins, he works with social entrepreneurs for change in public education, the climate crisis and global poverty. Doerr serves on the board of Breakthrough Energy Ventures and ONE.org.

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Live from TED2018

What matters: Notes from Session 11 of TED2018

April 14, 2018

What a week. We’ve heard so much, from dystopian warnings to bold visions for change. Our brains are full. Almost. In this session we pull back to the human stories that underpin everything we are, everything we want. From new ways to set goals and move business forward, to unabashed visions for joy and community, […]

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Inspired by Al Gore: TEDTalks

October 12, 2007

The TEDTalks archive is rich in proof that Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, speaking at TED and elsewhere, truly has the power to inspire action. Producer and activist Jeff Skoll heard one of Gore’s PowerPoint lectures and started the ball rolling on An Inconvenient Truth — a film and website that became an incredibly […]

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Three powerful talks from TED2007

May 30, 2007

This week we’re posting three of the most-talked-about talks from TED2007 — Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, John Doerr and Blaise Aguera y Arcas’ remarkable demo of Seadragon/Microsoft Photosynth. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Finance Minister for Nigeria (and the first woman to hold that job), argues for investment — rather than aid — as the means to help […]

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