KPCB's Hiring Spurt

Justin Hibbard

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers--the VC firm that funded Google, Sun Microsystems, Genentech, and many others--has added four staff members in the past five months. Today, the firm said it has hired former Guidant executive Dana G. Mead, Jr. as partner. Mead is the second life sciences pro KPCB has added this month. Earlier in May, the firm hired Beth Seidenberg, a former Amgen exec, as "executive in residence." Siliconbeat sees a connection with the recent decision to base the headquarters of the , California's $3 billion taxpayer-funded stem cell initiative, in San Francisco, 30 miles north of KPCB's Menlo Park, Calif. office. Interesting theory.

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