JOHN DOERR joined Intel in 1974, just after the invention of the 8080 8 bit microprocessor. He was an engineer and marketing manager for micro-computers, and the top-ranked systems salesperson.
In 1980 he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and sponsored a series of investments (Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Macromedia, Lotus, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Symantec) that led to the creation of over 30,000 jobs.
Doerr was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers. He serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit, Macromedia, Netscape, Platinum, Shiva, Sun Microsystems, Academic Systems, The Lightspan Partnership, MNI Interactive, Amazon.com and Precept Software.
Doerr holds patents for computer memory devices he invented as a design engineer at Monsanto. Recent areas of interest include the Internet, education (especially kids), and genomics.