Designing Innovation

John Maeda, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

The role of design is changing in the digital era, and driving new ways of thinking about VC funding of the most promising technology companies.

John Maeda, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner, where he works within KPCB’s ProductWorks program helping entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013. Prior to RISD, John spent 13 years at the MIT Media Lab as a professor and head of research. There he also led the Aesthetics and Computation research group, which pioneered new kinds of human expression on the web. Outside of KPCB, John chairs the eBay Design Advisory Council, serves on the boards of the wireless hi-fi company Sonos and the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and is a member of the TED Brain Trust.

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