VCs Continue to Embrace Design and Young Design Talent - GigaOM

VCs Continue to Embrace Design and Young Design Talent - GigaOM

Tech companies aren’t the only groups embracing design these days. Their investors are also getting their feet wet in the design worlds, launching fellowship and internship programs, in an attempt to recruit young talent and tap into the emerging hot group of designer founders (learn more about these topics at our experience design conference RoadMap in November).

For investors, as well as tech startups, it’s all about merging the worlds of design and engineering — in many industries they’re completely separated. “In the academic realm there’s the X school of design and the Y school of engineering, and they’re not necessarily collaborating,” said Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Michael Abbott. Abbott says that companies like Twitter are breaking down these silos.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm whose portfolio includes design-centered startups like Nest, Flipboard and Path, has been trying to close the gap between these academic and professional worlds, too, with its Design Fellows program. The program takes…