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Investment Partner (Greentech)
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Amol Deshpande joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in April 2008.
primary focus is greentech, with special emphasis on technologies related to water, waste, fuels, chemicals and sustainable agriculture.
Amol serves on the board of directors of Harvest, a company focused on next-generation waste management technologies, and the board of directors of KPCB's first water investment, APTwater.
He is also a director on the boards of three additional ventures in the water and waste sectors, and he is closely involved with KPCB investments in Siluria, Hara Software and Next Autoworks.
Before joining KPCB, Amol spent three years at Black River and Cargill Ventures, two investment-oriented business units of the private agribusiness company Cargill, Inc.
While at Cargill
focused on greentech investment throughout the energy, water and agricultural supply chain.
was directly involved with investments and initiatives in multiple greentech verticals, including solar, next-generation fuels, sustainable agriculture, industrial biotech, waste and environmental sciences, and carbon markets.
was also responsible for maintaining relationships with key business units within Cargill
and tracking greentech innovation, both inside and outside the organization.
Earlier in his
was an entrepreneur who founded an agricultural biotech company focused on novel germplasm in high-value vegetable crops, as well as companies in the water and educational services sectors.
During this part of his
accrued extensive expertise in writing business plans, fundraising and guiding strategy for new enterprises at all stages of development.
Amol earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
At Cornell, he was a Park Fellow and received a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship based on his future leadership potential in the business world.
Amol joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) in April 2008 and focuses on opportunities in green technology with specific emphasis on fuels, chemicals, water, waste and environmental technologies.
While at KPCB
has been involved with the firm's first water investment and also incubated Harvest Power
, a venture focused on next generation organics recycling.
Prior to KPCB, Amol spent 3 years as a director and associate at Black River and Cargill Ventures, both investment oriented business units of the private agribusiness, Cargill, Inc.
While at Cargill
focused on Greentech investment throughout the energy, water, and agricultural supply chain.
was directly involved with investments and initiatives in multiple Greentech verticals including solar, next generation fuels, sustainable agriculture, industrial biotech, waste/environmental sciences and carbon markets.
was also responsible for maintaining relationships with key innovative business units within Cargill
and tracking innovation in Greentech both inside and outside of the organization.
Prior to Cargill, Amol was an entrepreneur having founded an agricultural biotechnology company focused on novel germplasm in high value vegetable crops as well as companies in the water sector and educational services sector.
In this, Amol
has experience in writing business plans, fundraising, and guiding strategy for new enterprises at all stages of development.
Amol has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Amol also has an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Park Fellow, receiving a full tuition merit based scholarship based on future leadership potential in the business world.
Food businesses "have a different ...
Food businesses "have a different financial profile than dotcoms and software companies," admits Amol Deshpande, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who specializes in agriculture technology.
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John Doerr, Managing Partner, Kleiner Perkins; Amol Deshpande, Partner, Kleiner Perkins
"We call it 'transformative ...
"We call it 'transformative agriculture,'" explains Amol Deshpande, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins.
Beyond Meat is the first food company Kleiner Perkins has funded, but Deshpande says the firm is expanding: "There are going to be 9 billion people on the planet to feed.