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The latest chapter of Silicon Valley icon Kleiner Perkins' fall from grace is a tale of succession and leadership struggles

In a report out Tuesday, Fortune's Polina Marinova chronicled the downfall of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, once a giant-maker of Silicon Valley internet startups. The report details how the firm missed early investments in Facebook, Slack, and Robinhood, and was distracted with unprofitable bets on clean energy. Fortune also reported that longtime firm leader John Doerr, 67, overlooked star growth fund leader Mary Meeker when considering his replacement, instead opting for Mamoon Hamid fr...
Tags: Samsung, Trends, Silicon Valley, Fortune, Bond, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, Meeker, Hamid, Social Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Doerr, Facebook Slack, Mamoon Hamid, Polina Marinova


Human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui is battling the US college financial aid system

Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui couldn’t go to college. Not because she couldn’t afford it; where she comes from, college is virtually free. She lost the opportunity to pursue higher education, to finish high school, even, when she was exiled from Tunisia at age 17, under the repressive regime of the country’s former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. As part of the Tunisian human rights diaspora, she was inspired to build Al Bawsala, a globally renowned NGO that fights for govern...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, France, Satya Nadella, US, San Francisco, Tech, Mary Barra, Middle East, Gm, Silicon Valley, Tunisia, Arab, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, Garrett Camp


MacKenzie Bezos may only be taking 25% of Jeff Bezos’ fortune, but she deserves half because there would be no Amazon without her (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos created the world's most valuable company during the 25 years he was married to MacKenzie Bezos. The couple, who announced plans for divorce in January, apparently had no prenuptial agreement and live in a state where assets are split 50-50. In April, MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos tweeted that their divorce was finalized, and MacKenzie would walk away with 25%. MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement that she would grant Jeff Bezos all her interests in   The Washington Post   and ...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Texas, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Cbs, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Upper West Side, Princeton, Sheryl Sandberg


Lightspeed cofounder Chris Schaepe is out over college admissions scandal, after being exposed by sports blogger

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Schaepe is out at Lightspeed Venture Partners, after telling his partners about having hired Rick Singer, the Newport Beach, Ca., businessman in the middle of the college bribery scandal. According to Axios, which broke the news of Schaepe’s departure, Schaepe insists he didn’t knowingly participate in any bribery schemes, but that he had hired Singer to help with his son’s college admissions process, paying a hefty $176,000 for his services. Specifically,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Drama, Bloomberg, Fbi, Austin, Venture Capital, Nba, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners, John Doerr, Chris, Lightspeed, Kevin Durant, UT, University of Texas


Lightspeed co-founder Chris Schaepe is out over college admissions scandal, after being exposed by sports blogger

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Schaepe is out at Lightspeed Venture Partners, after telling his partners about having hired Rick Singer, the Newport Beach, Calif., businessman in the middle of the college bribery scandal. According to Axios, which broke the news of Schaepe’s departure, Schaepe insists he didn’t knowingly participate in any bribery schemes, but that he had hired Singer to help with his son’s college admissions process, paying a hefty $630,000 via cash and stock donations...
Tags: TC, Drama, Tech, Bloomberg, Fbi, Austin, Venture Capital, Nba, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, Chris, Lightspeed, Bill Mcglashan, Kevin Durant


Lightspeed co-founder Chris Schaepe is out over college admissions scandal; a sports blogger exposed his son’s involvement

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Schaepe is out at Lightspeed Venture Partners, after telling his partners about having hired Rick Singer, the Newport Beach, Calif., businessman in the middle of the college bribery scandal. According to Axios, which broke the news of Schaepe’s departure, Schaepe insists he didn’t knowingly participate in any bribery schemes, but that he had hired Singer to help with his son’s college admissions process, paying a hefty $630,000 via cash and stock donations...
Tags: TC, Drama, Tech, Bloomberg, Fbi, Austin, Venture Capital, Nba, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, Chris, Lightspeed, Bill Mcglashan, Kevin Durant


How Rick Singer started the college admissions cheating scandal? It began with a reality TV audition

Rick Singer looks straight into the camera, auditioning for his own reality show about the cutthroat world of college admissions. Wearing a light blue sweater vest, he pitches himself as a “life-coach” for families desperate to get their kids into Stanford, Yale and USC. He has the look of a tennis pro and a voice that could pass for New York “fixer” Michael Cohen. “This is a game,’’ he says on the production company video submitted to a network in 2010 and unearthed last week by TMZ . “Just rea...
Tags: Politics, New York, Hollywood, News, California, Stanford, Boston, Africa, Sports, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Higher Education, Phil Mickelson


Larry Page approved $150M stock grant to Andy Rubin despite sex abuse allegations & without board's OK, lawsuit claims

Alphabet and Google co-founder Larry Page did not ask his company's board of directors for approval before personally approving a $150 million dollar stock grant to disgraced Android executive Andy Rubin, despite the sexual harassment allegations that led to Rubin's ouster. These are the claims in an investor lawsuit, which says the company covered up the sexual misconduct of Rubin and others. From Joel Rosenblatt and Gerrit De Vynck at Bloomberg: Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Pa...
Tags: Google, Android, Post, News, California, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Page, Alphabet Inc


Steps to Building Sustained Growth as Company CEO

Many people will tell you that the first million is the hardest. When you’re first starting out and trying to get your business off the ground, it can be a struggle. Whether you’re seeking angel investors or your bootstrapping the endeavor yourself, pulling it all together to the point where you can close that first sale can feel like an incredible uphill battle. All of that may be true, but it’s only part of the story. As the Executive Chairman, President, or CEO of your company, you know as we...
Tags: Motivation, Sales, Intel, John Doerr, OKR, Blackstone Group LP, Bryce Maddock, TaskUs, Compaq Intuit Amazon Google, CEO Coaching International CEOCI, CEOCI, CEO Coaching International


NEA is raising its biggest fund ever – – again

New Enterprise Associates, the 41-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park; San Francisco; Boston; New York; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Washington, D.C., is raising its biggest fund ever, shows a new SEC filing that shows target of $3.6 billion. The fund, its seventeenth, is just slightly bigger than the $3.3 billion fund the firm closed in 2017, which was its biggest fund at the time. Indeed, NEA has been known for many years for raising among the biggest funds in the industry, though these ...
Tags: Startups, Asia, New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Venture Capital, SEC, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Paul Walker, Kleiner Perkins, Databricks, Nea, Accel, John Doerr


With $90 million in funding, the Ginkgo spinoff Motif joins the fight for the future of food

Continuing its quest to become the Amazon Web Services for biomanufacturing, href="http://ginkgobioworks.com/">Ginkgo Bioworks has launched a new spinoff called Motif Ingredients with $90 million in funding to develop proteins that can serve as meat and dairy replacements. It’s the second spinout for Ginkgo since late 2017 when the company partnered with Bayer to launch Joyn Bio, a startup researching and developing bacteria that could improve crop yields. Now, with Motif, Ginkgo is tacklin...
Tags: Meat, Food, TC, Tech, Bill Gates, Web Services, Reid Hoffman, Food And Drink, Monsanto, Richard Branson, Epa, Manufacturing, Jeff Bezos, Pepsico, Michael Bloomberg, Jack Ma


Google board sued for $90 million payout to Andy Rubin amid sexual abuse probe

“While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking -- paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.” The Board of Directors of Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, has been sued by shareholders for okaying that $90 million exit payment to Andy Rubin, the Android mobile software superstar developer, while actively covering up abuse committed by him and other executives. Rubin was credibly accused of violently se...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Alphabet


Shareholder suit alleges Google covered up its sexual harassment problems with big payouts

Months after an earth-shattering New York Times investigation exposed Google parent company Alphabet’s $90 million payout to Android co-founder Andy Rubin, despite the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, a Google shareholder is suing the company. James Martin filed suit in the  San Mateo Superior Court Thursday morning, alleging the company’s leaders deployed massive allowances to poor-behaving executives to cover up harassment scandals. Both Rubin and Google’s former head of s...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Lawsuit, Tech, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Sexual Harassment, James Martin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram


Google Board Sued for Hushing Claims of Executive Misconduct

The complaint targeted the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to one complaint filed Thursday in California state court.
Tags: Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond


Google Board Sued for Hushing Misconduct Claims About Rubin

The investor claims the Google parent’s board failed in its duties by allowing the harassment to occur and covering up Rubin’s behavior, as did the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sex...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond, Google Board


MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of Jeff Bezos' fortune because there would be no Amazon without her (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos created the world's most valuable company during the 25 years he was married to MacKenzie Bezos. The couple, who announced plans for divorce on Wednesday, apparently have no prenuptial agreement and live in a state where assets are split 50-50. MacKenzie was part of Amazon's early team, helping to come up with the name and serving as its first accountant. But there's another reason she deserves half of the $137 billion Amazon fortune. Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest p...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Texas, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Cbs, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Upper West Side, Princeton, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg


Alphabet spins off moonshot project Malta with backing from Gates’s BEV fund

Malta, the renewable energy storage project born in Alphabet’s moonshot factory X, is now on its own and flush with $26 million from a Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures . Concord New Energy Group and Alfa Laval also invested in the round. Project Malta launched last year in Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X) with an aim to build energy storage facilities that can support full-scale power grids. The independent company spun out of Alphabet is now called Malta Inc. Malt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Sap, Malta, John Doerr, Alphabet, Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Alfa Laval, Breakthrough Energy Ventures


Top 5 Biz Books 2018; Fortune’s Top Books; Personal Development Book

"...insights for scaleups" HEADLINES: Fortune's Top Biz Books for 2018 -- here's a link to Fortune President Alan Murray's list of best books for 2018. I hear John Doerr's Measure What Matters is a good book but haven't read it (up next for me). BTW, Murray's "CEO Daily" blog is a must read for me - gives me a quick update on what is happening globally in the world of biz. I highly recommend you sign up for it - it's free - and it takes...
Tags: Leadership, Toronto, Harvard, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley, Fortune, John Doerr, Jim Collins, Murray, Lehman, Hansen, Stanley, Lovett, Alan Murray, Better Book Club


Remainders: From Parking Garages to Political Contributions

It’s been awhile since I did one of these Remainders posts so I figured I’d throw one together. In theory it’s all the other stuff I didn’t get a chance to blog about. In reality, it’s pretty much everything I’ve been reading that isn’t about mental models/frameworks (and even some of that). You can find previous versions filed under Remainders and, as always, if you enjoy this stuff please subscribe by email and pass around. Let’s start with some books. Here’s what I’ve read in the last three m...
Tags: Security, Uber, Books, Politics, Parenting, Microsoft, Bono, North Korea, China, Satya Nadella, Uncategorized, US, Seo, Physics, Terrorism, Complexity


Weekend Reading

I was really tired this weekend (from the week) and didn’t feel like doing anything other than laying on the couch near Amy and reading. She was also tired, as she spent the week in Wellesley at a board meeting and a bunch of other Wellesley related stuff, so even though the Boulder weather was magnificent, we stayed home other than a quick trip to Boulder to get our eyes checked and have sushi with some friends. Oh, and took really long naps both afternoons. By Sunday night I was tired of readi...
Tags: Trends, Boulder, Vermont, Sarah, John Doerr, Grey, Wellesley, Amy, Keith, Sarah Brown, Feld, Long Trail, OKR, Kauffman Foundation, Jeff Bussgang, Nikki Kimball


Work Your Plan And Plan Your Work

by Carrie Morgridge  author of “The Spirit of the Trail: A Journey to Fulfillment Along the Continental Divide“ Before I was 21 years old, I had written my first business plan, and began saving. I did this for two reasons; first, I never liked any boss I ever had. Maybe I was a difficult employee, but working for someone else did not appeal to me. By the time I was 26 I had over 100 employees and 6 retail stores. I realized there was a cap to the income I could make, and sold the stores and mo...
Tags: Startups, Cisco, Self Awareness, Self Improvement, Continental, Life Advice, John Doerr, Hgtv, Foundation, Carrie, Advice For The Young At Heart, Startup Advice, Entrepreneur Advice, Carrie Morgridge


The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #4: Seven lessons learned on the journey from founder to CEO

As I mentioned at the beginning of this series/ebook, over the years I’ve noticed that I tend to frequently share certain Lucky7 posts with entrepreneurs we’ve backed, team members at data.world, or other startup investors I know. In totality, these posts are at least as long as most business books. So I’m packaging the best of them up for you here in a new series called The Entrepreneur’s Essentials. This series/ebook will be at least 20 posts long, and I’ll add some commentary on how I’ve pers...
Tags: Google, Startups, Leadership, Wisdom, Entrepreneurship, Israel, San Francisco, Startup, Austin, Culture, Usa Today, Intuit, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, First Round Capital, Marc Benioff


Artist As Hacker: Book Excerpt + 80% Off Discount Code

This excerpt from Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas delves into the concept of Artist as Hacker, which asks music artists to utilize a thought process and view of the music business that is radically different from that which they are accustomed to.   __________________________________ Guest post by Wade Sutton and John Pisciotta Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas was written by Wade Sutton (Rocket to the Stars Artist Services, The Six Minute Music Busines...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Pandora, Guest Post, David Bowie, Nashville, East Coast, Tim McGraw, Fortune, John Doerr, Music Business, Wade, Karl, United States Navy, Grace Hopper, Steve Thompson


Mary Meeker, author of the Internet Trends Report, is leaving Kleiner Perkins

Mary Meeker is leaving Kleiner Perkins to build a new fund and she’s taking the firm’s growth team with her. The news, first reported by Recode and confirmed to TechCrunch, is the latest high-level departure at one of the most prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Joining Meeker in her new fund are Kleiner Perkins GPs Mood Rowghani and Noah Knauf, as well as Juliet de Baubigny, a partner. According to the firm, this is less of a messy break-up and more of an amicable and intention...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, Mike Abbott, beth Seidenberg, John Doerr, Arielle Zuckerberg, Kleiner, Meeker, Knauf


Midwest rising

Emerging venture capital firms in smaller American cities from Indianapolis to Princeton, NJ are attracting increasingly larger funding as investors see opportunities for returns beyond the coastal confines of the nation’s largest cities and the innovation epicenter of Silicon Valley. For the last four years, AOL co-founder Steve Case has been criss-crossing the country preaching a gospel of economic renewal for American cities driven by startup investment and technology-based entrepreneurialism...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, New York, La, Boston, Groupon, Toronto, America, San Francisco, Tech, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, Aol


An Adobe executive once accidentally leaked plans to the press before discussing them with the CEO — and it was the best thing to happen to the company’s productivity

In 2012, Adobe was a decades-old company shifting its technology into the 21st century but having a tough time retaining employees.  The reason, VP of HR Donna Morris was sure, was an antiquated review process, and she had big plans to make the necessary changes — plans she shared with a reporter from the India Times. The story kicked the changes into high-gear — and that same year, Adobe welcomed a new process called Check-in that decreased the number of people quitting drastically. Sometim...
Tags: Adobe, India, America, Trends, John Doerr, Morris, India Times, Donna Morris, India Times Morris, Devina Sengupta


Susan Wojcicki convinced Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and the Google board to buy YouTube, and it all started with 'a purple Muppet singing a nonsense song'

Google's 16th employee and current YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki played a huge role in solidifying the Google-YouTube relationship back in 2006.  Wojcicki saw how user-generated videos could spark emotions after launching Google Videos, Google's own free video-sharing website, and hearing her kids' reactions. YouTube quickly took over a significant portion of the market but it needed a buyer, and Wojcicki took it upon herself to break down the figures to prove it was worth Google paying the $1.65...
Tags: Google, Youtube, America, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Morgan Stanley, John Doerr, Google YouTube, Larry, Sergey, Wojcicki, Larry Page Sergey Brin, Sergey -LSB- Brin, Google Videos Google, Google Videos, Wojcicki Google


Larry Page has a reputation for pushing people at Google. Here’s how he pushed a young Sundar Pichai to make Google Chrome the top web browser in the world

Larry Page is known for being an ambitious goal-setter — he pushed this mindset on executives throughout his time at Google. Before becoming CEO, he was the president of the products team working closely with then-VP of products management Sundar Pichai, who was overseeing the launch of the Chrome browser.  Pichai himself had set very ambitious goals for the launch, having learned the importance of "stretch" goals at the company, but Page stepped in to push the "aggressive goal" even further. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Pichai, Page, Larry Page When Chrome


How employee goals at Google changed after Sundar Pichai took over as CEO after Larry Page

Google is a slightly different company now than it was in 2015, before Sundar Pichai took over from Larry Page to be the company's new CEO. One of the changes Pichai implemented was a simplification to the goal-setting process, known as Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Under Page, Google was a startup with employees who wore many hats, but for Pichai, who took over one of the largest companies in the world, employees are probably more valuable when their mission is focused.  Since the begi...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Pichai, Doerr


Google's Larry Page 'floored' an early investor with an ambitious prediction that sounded impossible but turned out to be spot on (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 1999, before Google was a well-known (or well-funded) company, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were discussing their company with a new board member. The venture capitalist asked Page and Brin how big they expected their company could be, and Page shot back a with a number that few companies had reached at the time, far exceeding the VC's projection.  He predicted the company would generate $10 billion in revenue, which Doerr calculated to be equivalent to $100 billion in market capital...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, John Doerr, Page, Brin, Doerr