Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Kleiner Perkins Invests in Seed Company as It Sees Food Shortage

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the U.S. venture capital firm that provided startup financing to Inc. and Google Inc., is investing in a seed company as it forecasts food will become a “global problem of huge dimensions” over the next decade.

“We just invested in a seed company that is essentially collecting seeds from around the world,” Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, said in an interview from Lisbon today.

“One of the biggest problems we see in the horizon on the next 10 years is food,” he said. “If you identify a problem like food, you have to begin to start to experiment with solutions.”

Komisar declined to provide the name of the seed company as the deal has not been made public yet.

With 15 funds under management valued at “several billion” dollars, Kleiner Perkins is also investing in water companies as a lack of water resources in the “next few years” may become a problem, Komisar said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henrique Almeida in Lisbon at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.