John Doerr is an engineer, a venture capitalist and the chair of Kleiner Perkins.

Why you should listen

For more than 37 years, John Doerr has served entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism, bringing ideas worth spreading to disruptive leaders and teams. In 2018, he authored Measure What Matters, a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals. Through his book and platform,, he shares valuable stories and lessons from innovators.

Doerr was an original investor and board member at Google and Amazon, helping to create more than 500,000 jobs and the world’s second and third most valuable companies. He’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs reimagine the future, from health care transformation to machine learning. Outside of his leadership at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he works with social entrepreneurs for change in public education, the climate crisis and global poverty, and he serves on the board of the Obama Center and

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“[John Doerr] is, by all accounts, the most influential venture capitalist of his generation.” — Fast Company

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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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TED2007: Sketchblogging the conference

March 9, 2007

Lorna Herf is an illustrator and designer from Los Angeles attending TED and she’s been blogging on lornamatic in a pretty original and compelling way – she’s sketchblogging the conference. Check out her blog. Here are her "notes" from four speakers: Carolyn Porco (session 1), John Doerr (session 3), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (session 3) and Michael […]

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