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Investor Spotlight: Kleiner Perkins

We previously shared this investor spotlight on our Linkedin Channel.

Kleiner Perkins, previously referred to as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), is a prominent venture capital firm operating for five decades now. 

Since its inception, it has invested $10 billion in hundreds of ventures, some of which are today's iconic players in their respective industries. Some of these include Loom, Figma, Amazon, Google, Coursera, Duolingo, Doordash, Slack, EA, Spotify, and more.

The firm invests in founders with bold ideas, partnering with them from the inception stage to IPO and beyond.

Kleiner Perkins was founded in 1972, making it one of the most respected and admired firms in the VC industry. Kleiner Perkins isn’t merely a financial entity; it comprises teams and leaders with deep knowledge and experience in the tech industry.

Prior to co-founding the firm with Kleiner in 1972, Tom Perkins founded University Laboratories, a prosperous venture specializing in laser manufacturing. He also played a pivotal role in driving growth within Hewlett Packard's computer divisions.

Eugene Kleiner played a pivotal role in the semiconductor industry prior to co-founding the firm. As a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, he contributed significantly to its pioneering status in the field. 

Kleiner Perkins boasts a remarkable five-decade legacy. Throughout its journey, it adapted to evolving trends, investing in semiconductors, biotech, the internet, and cleantech. It navigated through the highs and lows of the dot-com boom and bust. Simultaneously, the firm continued to invest in innovation in various investment cycles, demonstrating its ability to navigate periods of volatility. Today, the firm directs its investments on consumer, fintech, enterprise, hard tech, and health care.

Recently, Kleiner Perkins co-led Glean's Series D round of funding in February this year. Glean raised $200 million at a $2.2 billion valuation. Klein Perkins also led the company's Series A funding round in 2019.  This further enhances the firm's track record of remaining steadfast to its ethos and values—nurturing the companies it believes in.

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