Will Commercial Drones Take Over the Skies? Airware CEO Chats with Kleiner Perkins

In this edition of the Voices of KPCB podcast, KPCB partners Mike Abbott and Max Motschwiller speak to Jonathan Downey, the CEO of Airware. They discuss hot trends and topics in the commercial drone industry – including how regulators’ and the public’s views on drones are likely to evolve – as well as Mike Abbott’s thesis behind investing in Airware.

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SK Telecom acquires shopkick: memorable journey with a great entrepreneur

On Friday, the WSJ leaked news that SK Telecom was acquiring shopkick, and it was confirmed over the weekend. I’m thrilled for Cyriac and the team, and believe this is the next exciting chapter in their effort to reimagine mobile shopping; specifically, the interaction between the mobile and the physical shopping world. shopkick is a special company to me and Kleiner Perkins. It’s what we call an “incubation,” where we bring in an entrepreneur and work closely with him or her over several months to develop a compelling business concept. It’s been a trademark of our firm over the years, starting from our earliest days. Genentech was started this way.

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Why the Apple Announcement Was The Biggest of the Past 6 Years

On September 9th, 2014, KPCB partners got together to discuss the major implications of the Apple Announcement for the technology industry. The iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay will collectively change the human experience forever. Emily Chang from Bloomberg TV interviewed design guru and KPCB partner John Maeda to discuss why Apple is the best at making us feel something about technology. Meanwhile, in an exclusive podcast discussion, KPCB Investment partners Mike Abbott, Matt Murphy, and Anjney Midha weighed in on the software opportunities for developers and applications for consumers.

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Smart Phones for Smart Kids

In the coming weeks, 55 million U.S. students in grades K-12 will go back to school. In their backpacks they will carry pens, No. 2 pencils, 3-ring binders and calculators. But most students will also carry something that their parents’ generation could never have imagined: a smartphone.

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A Report Card for the Digital Health Ecosystem

Digital health has a pretty erratic grade point average, or so says Dana Mead, a parter at venture firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers. He outlined and graded what he called the five most important elements of the digital health ecosystem at Qualcomm Life‘s Connect2014 conference this week in San Diego, and this is how he slices it…

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