NES 2010 - VC - David Wells



David Wells
Greentech Team
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

David joined the Greentech investing team at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in May 2006.

Responsibilities include knowledge mapping and opportunity sourcing across the entire landscape of Green technologies. Building relationships with scientists and entrepreneurs throughout the US and Europe, David has helped bring many ventures through the KP investment process including due diligence, investment structuring, goal setting, and team building.

Beginning with a collaboration with KP partner Bill Joy in 2004, David has built a detailed and diverse base of Greentech knowledge across multiple energy technologies and scientific disciplines, together with a matching knowledge base of resources, markets and incumbents. Every aspect of energy, planetary resources, and emissions has been studied in detail and mapped to target recognition of disruptive order-of-magnitude and tipping-point innovations.

David's background includes ten years of technical experience in marine and shipboard engineering, and eight years building and selling a nation-wide business in Japan.

About Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

KPCB is an experienced VC team. Each of the firm's partners has hands-on experience in operating and managing companies. They've learned these lessons from over 30 years of assisting new ventures and serving in top management positions at revolutionary technology companies. They know that success is rarely a straight line, so their approach is honest and committed. And, KPCB's energy, connections, and perseverance help make things happen for our entrepreneurs and executives.

KPCB are actively investing in Greentech innovation and entrepreneurs. Scientists agree the number one trend on the planet is urbanization, while at the same time we all face climate crisis. Atmospheric CO2 levels are at an all-time high, with accelerating growth and consumers are addicted to increasingly expensive oil. Scientific breakthroughs in biology and materials technology mean there's never been a better time to start and grow a great green venture. Greentech could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century. It is an unprecedented challenge that demands great innovation, speed and scale from the companies set to compete within the industry.

Greentech is KPCB's main top initiative. They announced an historic alliance with Generation Investment Management and its chairman Al Gore, who has become a KPCB Partner. The combined network, expertise, vision and global reach of Gore, Generation, and KPCB will help their entrepreneurs change the world.