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April 01, 2015 5:57 AM ET

Capital Markets

Company Overview of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Company Overview

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in incubation, seed stage, early stage, growth capital, expansion capital, and later stage companies. The firm seeks to invest in green technology innovation, biotechnology, medical, information technology, digital enterprises, media, telecommunication, consumer, pandemic and bio-defense, life sciences, digital health, smart grid, lighting, wind, industrial efficiency, low-carbon solutions to transportation, chemicals, power generation, infrastructure markets and services, internet, financial services, educational software, consumer internet, digital technology including social, mobile, and e-commerce sect...

2750 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

United States

Founded in 1972

Phone:

650-233-2750

Fax:

650-233-0300

Key Executives for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Co-Founder, Investment Partner, General Partner and Partner
Age: 69
Partner Emeritus and Co-Founder
Age: 74
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Age: 55
Managing Partner, Investment Partner, Senior Partner, General Partner, and Partner
Age: 63
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Key Developments

Jury Clears Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Verdict Issued in Gender Discrimination Suit

A jury decided that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. The jury in San Francisco reached the verdict in a lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The verdict came after a judge ordered the panel to resume deliberations after a discrepancy was found in the initial vote count. Jurors heard conflicting portraits of Pao during closing arguments. Her attorneys said she was an accomplished junior partner who was passed over for a promotion and fired because the firm used different standards to judge men and women.

Woman Testifies in Silicon Valley Bias Suit

The woman behind a gender bias lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers testified that a male colleague was 'relentless' in his pursuit of her and cut her out of email chains and meetings when she broke off their affair. Plaintiff Ellen Pao appeared calm and composed as she took the witness stand for the first time in the case against the firm. Attorneys for Pao have described Kleiner Perkins as an old-boys club where women were excluded from parties at former Vice President Al Gore's house and subjected by male colleagues to harassment and boorish behavior such as a conversation about porn stars and a trip to the Playboy mansion. Pao is seeking $16 million in damages after contending that she was passed over for a promotion because she is a woman and then fired later in 2012 after she filed a complaint and lawsuit.

Ellen Pao Seeking $16 Million in Sex Discrimination Lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

A former Silicon Valley venture capitalist is seeking $16 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile lawsuit that accuses the firm of blatant and entrenched gender discrimination. Ellen Pao, the former VC partner, has requested that her former employer pay millions for allegedly stymying her career at the firm and withholding raises and promotions because of her gender. The $16 million request was made during a hearing on February 2, 2015 at San Francisco Superior Court. Pao, who joined Kleiner in 2005, filed the lawsuit in May 2012, saying that in January of that year she had filed a written complaint with management about what she considered the firm's culture of gender discrimination; she was told to leave the firm in October 2012. Also at hearing on February 2, 2015, a judge allowed Pao to question a former colleague, Aileen Lee, about a dinner that only male partners at the firm attended at former Vice President Al Gore's apartment, and also ask about Pao's employment and termination. Attorneys for Kleiner had opposed Lee's deposition, calling it irrelevant and an intrusion on Lee's privacy. Kleiner has maintained that Pao's accusations are without merit and said she has 'twisted facts and events in an attempt to create legal claims where none exit,' according to court documents. On February 2, 2015, the judge heard requests from Kleiner attorneys to obtain information from microblogging site Reddit, Pao's current employer, that will reveal the value of her stake in the company. Pao took over as interim CEO at Reddit in November. The high-profile case, which brought gender discrimination to the forefront of Silicon Valley's consciousness, is even more poignant in the current environment, in which tech companies are acknowledging the problematic lack of women in their workforces, civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for more diversity in tech, and more women are calling for solutions to the massive gender gap. In particular, the shortage of women VCs has been blamed for the shortage of women as startup founders.

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