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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Why Apples Don't Grow on Trees

I’m often asked, “What’s another successful design-led company besides Apple?” And I have to pause—not because companies like Ferrari and IKEA aren’t great examples of design-led organizations but because I find myself wondering why Apple dominates popular conversation about design to the extent that it does. After reading Hartmut Esslinger’s “Keep It Simple” and Leander Kahney’s “Jony Ive,” however, it all made sense. What we love about Apple isn’t necessarily the…

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