John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner. He advises KPCB portfolio companies on how to maximize the impact of design in their products and company cultures. He serves on the boards of Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy. He also chairs the eBay Design Advisory Board and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models and a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Before joining KPCB, John served as the 16th president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 to 2013. During his tenure, applications to RISD increased, career choices for artists and designers broadened, scholarship fundraising doubled, and the national STEM to STEAM movement was launched in the U.S. Congress. John previously served as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as head of research at the MIT Media Lab, where his work bridged the intersections of visual design, computer science, art, education, and leadership. His five books include The Laws of Simplicity and Redesigning Leadership.
John’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has been exhibited worldwide. His awards include the National Design Award, Mainichi Design Prize, and Blouin Foundation Creative Leadership Prize, and he was inducted into the Art Director's Club Hall of Fame. He has spoken at TED, the World Economic Forum, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he has addressed audiences at over a hundred colleges and universities around the world. In 2008, Esquire named him as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.
John earned an S.B. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Tsukuba, and an MBA from Arizona State University. He received honorary doctorates in fine arts from Simon Fraser University and the Maryland Institute College of Arts.