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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How are Designers and Engineers Teaming Up in Today's Technology World? - KPCB Podcast

In this podcast, KPCB partners Mike Abbott, John Maeda, and Anjney Midha discuss the increasingly critical intersection between technology and design – and what it takes to be a strong leader in this new phase of the user experience. Among other topics, they evaluate the evolution of the two disciplines, what happens when engineers and designers fail to work effectively together, and whether or not open sourcing is an inevitable result of this collaboration.

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How Design and Venture Capital Go Hand in Hand

On June 7th, KPCB Design Partner John Maeda hosted a conversation on design, craft, and technology with some of the design industry’s biggest luminaries at fuseproject’s offices in San Francisco. In front of a packed crowd, panelists participated in a game of “conversation ping pong” in which they took turns interviewing each other (and being interviewed by John Maeda) on the future of creativity as well as how they see design and venture capital evolving together.

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KPCB ProductWorks Design & Tech Talk

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Design Partner John Maeda and Quirky founder and CEO Ben Kaufman recently co-hosted a discussion with four business leaders operating at the intersection of design and technology. The participants gave a series of TED-like talks, each of which revealed a gift from the speakers to the audience. Gift-givers included Juliet de Baubigny, KPCB recruiting partner; Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits; Doreen Lorenzo, President of Quirky; and Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of swissmiss and other side projects.

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Three Principles for Using Design Successfully

Since arriving in Silicon Valley six weeks ago, I’ve spent time with designers at Flipboard, Chegg, Nest, AboutLife, FindTheBest, MyFitnessPal, Square, Codecademy, Gumroad (all Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers portfolio companies) and about 20 others. I often feel that there are as many startups as there were students at…

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Help Wanted: Designing the Future

I’m a big believer in the many opportunities afforded by going to a good college. My parents were, too – even though my father never finished high school and my mother’s old-fashioned father forbid her from going. But like many American immigrants, they both strongly believed that…

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