Rouz Jazayeri joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 where he established, built, and currently leads KPCB’s business development and strategic partnerships practice. In this role, Rouz is responsible for building long-lasting strategic partnerships between Fortune 500 companies and KPCB’s portfolio companies. Rouz is also part of the “HardTech” hardware investing team where he focuses on IOT, wearables, drones, autonomous vehicle technologies, and sports/fitness tech. Rouz was a board observer and worked closely with MyFitnessPal (acquired by Under Armour), LuxVue (acquired by Apple), and iControl (acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com).
Rouz came to KPCB after nine years at Intel, where he held various positions in sales, research, marketing and engineering. Rouz managed Intel’s partnership with Apple where he was responsible for seeding new technology collaborations between the two companies. He led the engagement that achieved the breakthrough 12-hour battery life on MacBook Air and played a key role in expanding Intel’s footprint within the Apple product lines. He later oversaw Intel’s engagement with Motorola and Google that delivered Intel’s first Tier-1 smartphone microprocessor win. Rouz started his career as a microprocessor design engineer and worked as a research analyst and special projects advisor for former Intel CEOs Craig Barrett and Paul Otellini.
Rouz holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, both earned with highest distinction. Originally from Colorado, Rouz and his family are big (Superbowl Champion) Denver Broncos fans. He also plays tennis competitively.