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John Gage Joins Kleiner Perkins

John Gage has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner. He was a co-founder of sun Microsystems, where he most recently served as chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office. Read more…


Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, today announced that John Gage has joined the firm as Partner. Gage will provide counsel to the firms' global network of entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and government leaders.

“John has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurs and innovation. I vividly remember John being the first person to show me a web browser; he was one of the first to understand its incredible significance,” said KPCB Partner Bill Joy. “John's visionary thinking and incredible personal network will be a great asset to all our entrepreneurs. I look forward to working with my longtime colleague and friend from Sun days again at KPCB.”

Gage was most recently Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems. He was responsible for Sun's relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, for international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy, and for alliances with the world's leading research institutions.

“KPCB is known globally as an incubator and growth engine for great ideas and businesses,” said Gage. “I have known and respected many of the partners for a number of years, and working with them to drive innovation forward in this age of global climate crisis will be a tremendous opportunity.”

Among many accomplishments, Gage was among the earliest members of the Sun Microsystems team and catalyzed the company's popular Java One conference. His government service has included the Markle Taskforce on National Security in the Information Age, the United States National Academy of Science Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security and appointment by President Bill Clinton to the Web-Based Education Commission. Gage was also one of five distinguished Teaching Fellows at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he taught “Technology, Media, and Governance.”

In addition to his leadership role at Sun Microsystems, Gage may be best known for creating NetDay. Gage saw a critical need and in 1995 founded NetDay, a volunteer project to contribute the resources of high-technology companies to schools, libraries and clinics worldwide to connect them to the Internet. As a result, more than 500,000 volunteers wired tens of thousands of schools and libraries in the U.S. and abroad.

“John is a driven idealist with a gift for connecting people and ideas to make change happen,” said KPCB Partner John Denniston. “He will bring great energy and wisdom to our network of entrepreneurs.”

Gage has also served on the Boards of Trustees of the United States National Library of Medicine, FermiLabs, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Schools OnLine, United States National Research Council, the Internet Society (ISOC) and other scientific and educational groups.

About Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in over 500 ventures, including AOL,, Citrix, Compaq Computer, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Lotus, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Verisign and Xilinx. KPCB portfolio companies employ more than 250,000 people. More than 150 of the firm's portfolio companies have gone public. Many other ventures have achieved success through mergers and acquisitions. The firm has offices in Menlo Park, California; Beijing, China and Shanghai, China.