25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech

John Doerr

Background: Partner at Kleiner Perkins, invested in Google and Amazon

Current: KP Partner, investing in cleantech

Doerr’s teary-eyed speech at the Ted conference was viewed by many as the official kick-off of Silicon Valley’s rush into all things green. He started his career at Intel, and then went on to help Kleiner-backed Internet heavyweights Google, Amazon, and Sun. Recently he and Kleiner partner Al Gore (#10) have raised a “green growth” fund for later-stage investing, along with a new fund (13) that will partly be invested in green, too.