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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Doerr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Doerr, often where they are interviewed.

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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Doerr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Doerr, often where they are interviewed.

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DTL 040: Getting clear on your Key Results w John Doerr

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On this week's show Silicon Valley legend John Doerr helps me make the case for why your team and organization need Key Results. John wrote the highly-insightful book Measure What Matters. In this week's show I use a few clips from John and my own experience with organizations to help explain why some teams execute and others don't. It all begins with clarity and alignment around R2!

Here are some of the links from this week's show:
Connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me there. I'm posting daily content!
Check out John Doerr's book, Measure What Matters
See the extended interview of John Doerr with Fortune
See the extended interview of John Doerr by MIT's Donald Sull
Visit my website to send me an email, read my blog, or learn more about our firm, Partners In Leadership

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About the podcast:
Decide to Lead is a weekly leadership podcast. It's designed to share leadership development ideas based on the leadership coaching I do with Fortune 500 executives. I also throw in productivity tips and personal development ideas I pick up interacting with some of the most successful leaders in business today. Make sure you subscribe so you get each new episode as soon as it comes out! 

Jan 07 2020



Back To OKR’s: Review of John Doerr’s Five OKR Superpowers

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It’s back to OKR’s! On this episode of the podcast we review John Doerr’s five OKR superpowers. John Doerr is a legendary VC and a major advocate of OKR’s, and Doerr personally introduced OKR’s to Google. We review Doerr’s five OKR superpowers and add additionally clarity and analysis. The five superpowers are focus, alignment, commitment, tracking and stretch goals. We assess the five superpowers and analyze the veracity of each claim. 

Nov 04 2019



Tears of a Clown: John Doerr and Thomas Tull

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First: sorry for the delay in getting this episode out. Joe was traveling for a wedding and we also decided to switch our release days to Tuesdays. We are back to releasing an episode every two weeks for the foreseeable future.

Second: Chad accidentally recorded some of the episode with the internal mic on his computer, so there's a dip in our normally pristine sound quality.

We begin the episode with an excursion into the world of immersive POV Youtube lawn mowing subculture. Real sick stuff.

In the news this week: For the first time in US History, the wealthiest 400 families paid less in taxes than working class Americans. Ken Fisher of Fisher Investments has a normal one. Ray Dalio’s recipe for success. Wealth-X Billionaire Census empirically proves that rich people like golf.

John Doerr: 6/10 points on the David Koch Memorial Asset Liquidation Index

Doerr is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who got rich in the early-2000s tech boom. His firm went in big on the 2007-2011 “Cleantech Boom,” lost a ton of money when none of the investments panned out, and then more or less gave up on innovation in renewable and sustainable energy. People talk about him being a genius investor, but he also invested in Segway and Juicero. Doerr gives us an opportunity to talk about the moral deadlock between capitalist ideology and the climate crisis.

Thomas Tull: 2/10 points on the David Koch Memorial Asset Liquidation Index

Tull started in laundromats and specializes in marginally improving efficiencies in existing businesses. Tull also formerly produced movies with Legendary Entertainment, which was responsible for the Christopher Nolan Batman movies. So, you have Tull to thank, at least in part, for the Joker that made us all so damaged and twisted.

Lawn Fetish:
Regressive Taxation:
Ken Fisher:
Venture Capital and Clean Tech:
Wired article about Green Tech Bust:
Capitalism to the Rescue:
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Oct 15 2019

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Ep. 57 | Book Summary: Measure What Matters by John Doerr

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This week in the Accelerator I review and summarize the book, Measure What Matters by John Doerr. Doerr is one of Silicon Valley’s legendary investors and part of the firm Kleiner Perkins. Before starting his career as a VC, Doerr worked for Intel under Andy Grove. The root of Measure What Matters is actually the codification of Intel’s management strategy. Over the years, Doerr applied it successfully to the young start-ups he mentored, including Google. Now in Measure What Matters, he shares how any business can understand and apply the same techniques for focused, high-performance growth.      Please help us spread the word about building your business’ customer equity through effective customer analytics. Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play, Alexa’s TuneIn, iHeartRadio or Spotify. And do tell us what you think by writing Allison at or Thanks for listening! Tell a friend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Feb 07 2019



20VC: The Biggest Lessons From Working Alongside John Doerr, How To Optimize The Speed of Investment Decision-Making & Why Saying No Graciously Is The Most Important Thing with Shabih Rizvi, Founding Partner @ Gradient Ventures

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
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Shabih Rizvi is the Founding Partner @ Gradient Ventures, Google’s new AI-focused venture fund, which will invest in and connect early-stage startups with Google’s resources, innovation, and technical leadership in artificial intelligence. Prior to Gradient, Shabih was a Partner at KPCB, where he was actively involved with investments in TrueCaller, Mobcrush, Veem and Ujet. In addition, he helped the firm build their seed program and served as advisor to Flipagram and Victorious. Before KPCB, Shabih founded and led the startup outreach program for Google Play. Prior to Google Play, Shabih worked on the Mobile Apps Lab team which built SMB products. His primary focus was scaling TalkBin (Acquired by Google) to enterprise clients. Shabih joined Google after Google’s acquisition of AdMob, where he was a manager on the Business Development team.

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Shabih made his way into the world of venture with Kleiner Perkins and how he came to be a Founding Partner @ Google's AI focused venture fund, Gradient? What were Shabih's greatest lessons from working side by side with John Doerr?

2.) Shabih has said to me before "founder relationships and their longevity really matter". What does Shabih mean by this? How has this played out for Shabih in an investing environment? What have been Shabih's subsequent learnings?

3.) How does Shabih identify the "3 buckets" that VCs source from? How does Shabih look to filter through opportunities at scale? What must he see in the deck? What are his quick no's? What is Shabih's framework for saying no both with efficiency and kindness? Why does Shabih believe this is one of the hardest parts of the role?

4.) What does the internal investment decision-making process look like at Gradient? Why do they believe that 2 partner meetings a week is optimal? Prior to that, how does Shabih structure his meetings with founders? Why does Shabih believe it is so important to go to them at their HQ? Should all investors go to the founder?

5.) Why is Shabih a strong believer in the decentralisation of talent away from the valley? What are the primary drivers for this decentralization? How does Shabih think about pricing in different regions? To what extent does it differ wildly? How does Shabih respond to traditional SaaS wisdom that you have to build your SaaS business in the valley?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Shabih’s Fave Book: Measure What MattersWhen Breathe Becomes Air 

Shabih’s Most Recent Investment:

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Sep 10 2018



20VC: What John Doerr Taught Me About Great Investing, Why Not All A Rounds Are Post-Traction and Why Despite Overfunding, There Is Still Gaps In Venture Financing with Trae Vassallo, Founding Partner @

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
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Trae Vassallo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director @ Defy.VC, one of Silicon Valley's newest and most exciting Series A funds with the announcement of their debut $151m fund in Sept 2017. Prior to co-founding Defy, Trae was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she invested in a number of leading companies including eero, Nest Labs, Dropcam, Aggregate Knowledge, and Opower. Before Kleiner, Trae founded Kleiner portfolio company, Good Technology which was ultimately acquired by Blackberry in 2015 for $425m. Trae is also the co-author of the incredible study, “Elephant in the Valley”, highlighting the underlying data around the experiences of women in technology.

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Trae made her way into the world of VC and Silicon Valley with a cold reach out to John Doerr and how that led to a role with Kleiner Perkins?

2.) What were Trae's biggest learnings from having John Doerr on her board, as a first-time founder? What were some of the most memorable moments working with him? What was it about him that made him such a special board member? What was the moment that Trae realized what type of board member she is?

3.) What does Trae mean when she says "Kleiner taught me what a great investment looks like"? How does that affect her investing philosophy today? How did Trae's investing learnings differ between John DoerrVinod Khosla, and Kevin Compton?

4.) Why does Trae believe that the venture industry is simply "overfunded"? If so, what was her reasoning for the founding of Defy? How does Trae see the expansion of multi-stage funds as presenting a market opportunity? Why are the larger players no longer incentivized to play at the Series A stage?

5.) How did Trae find the fundraising process? What were some of the core challenges in terms of the raise itself? Were there commonalities in the pushbacks that LPs had for Defy? How did Neil and Trae respond to the first time team question? How does Trae think about the infrastructure element of funds? Can it all be outsourced?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Trae’s Fave Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

Trae’s Most Recent Investment: Owl Car Cam: The First Security Camera For Your Car

As always you can follow HarryThe Twenty Minute VC and Trae on Twitter here!

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Jun 04 2018



John Doerr: How to run your company like Bill Gates or Bono

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John Doerr, the chairman of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about his new book, "Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs." Doerr credits two mentors, Andy Grove and Bill Campbell, with turning him on to that leadership strategy, which is short for Objectives and Key Results — or, in other words, communicating what you want to accomplish and how. Setting clear objectives and making them transparent to your entire company can help tech leaders succeed, but CEOs who don't commit or who build a cult of personality around themselves can put their businesses in jeopardy. Doerr also talks about the state of diversity in Silicon Valley, what he learned from the Ellen Pao trial and whether tech companies are taking privacy more seriously in the aftermath of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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May 14 2018



Episode 22: Measure What Matters, a conversation with John Doerr

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John Doerr, the legendary Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist, has penned what he calls his “love letter to the future.” It’s called “Measure What Matters” and chronicles how everyone from Bill Gates and Bono to the entrepreneurs of a new pizza startup can accelerate their ambitions through “OKRs” or “Objectives and Key Results.” John weaves the stories from his fabled career into practical mentoring of how we can all achieve the best outcomes at work or in life.

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Apr 26 2018



SaaStr 064: Why Now Is A Really Good Time For SaaS Startups To Raise, How SaaS Startups Can Innovate Their Business Models & The Biggest Takeaways From Working With John Doerr @ Kleiner Perkins with Matt Murphy, Managing Director @ Menlo Ventures

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Matt Murphy is a Managing Director @ Menlo Ventures where he focuses on multi-stage investments across cloud infrastructure and AI-first SaaS applications. Since joining Menlo, Matt has led investments in Heap Analytics, Usermind, and Veriflow. Previously, Matt was a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins for over 15 years.  Matt was also an observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), launched the iFund in ’08 (a collaborative initiative with Apple to build the defining applications on the iOS platform), and led KPCB’s investments in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010) and Aerohive Networks (Nasdaq: HIVE, 2014). Before joining KPCB, Matt worked at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) and prior to that at Sun Microsystems.

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

  • How Matt made his way into the world of VC and enterprise investing? What were his biggest takeaways from working alongside John Doerr @ Kleiner Perkins?
  • How is the enterprise investing landscape changing? What fundamental shifts have we seen and what have been the dominant repercussions of this?
  • Nakul Mandan stated that ‘we would see the 2nd wave of consumerisation of enterprise through business model’. Does Matt agree with this and what key trends is Matt most excited about in SaaS?
  • How does Matt look to evaluate early stage SaaS valuations? What are people fundamentally misvaluing and how should the topic be approached?
  • Is it harder now for SaaS companies to raise than ever before? What metrics does Matt look for in a Series A investment opportunity?  

60 Second SaaStr

  1. Matt's Fave SaaS reading material?
  2. What are the greenfield opportunities in SaaS today?
  3. What was Matt's biggest takeaway from working with John Doerr @ Kleiner Perkins?

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Oct 10 2016



Studio 1.0 - John Doerr and Beth Seidenberg (Audio)

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(Bloomberg) -- Emily Chang sits down with John Doerr and Beth Seidenberg, general partners of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. This episode aired June 18, 2015.

Nov 06 2015