John Doerr is ready to talk.
After years of criticisms about his clean tech flops and being called out for the investments he missed in the early days of the social Web revolution, Silicon Valley’s most famous venture capitalist wants to set the record straight.
And while he admits there were mistakes, Doerr, who has backed some of the tech industries most successful and transformative companies from his office at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is far from ready to call it quits. “It was a challenging year, one of my more challenging years in the venture business,” Doerr, 61, said in a series of conversations with FORBES at Kleiner’s Sand Hill Road offices on Silicon Valley’s venture capital row. “But you have to take a long-term view of venture capital.”
In that long-term view, there are ups and downs. So he discusses the changes 41-year-old Kleiner has undergone in the past few years to adapt to the even more competitive industry that venture capital has become…