By Jane Knoerle | Special to the Almanac
Venture capital leader and philanthropist John Doerr of Woodside will be honored at the 11th annual "Pioneers & Purpose" dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, the event will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The museum is at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, in Mountain View.
Mr. Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, will be named the 2015 Pioneer Business Leader for his contributions to education.
Since 1980, when Mr. Doerr joined Kleiner Perkins, he and his firm have backed such entrepreneurs as Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit.
Mr. Doerr, who led Kleiner Perkins' investment in Twitter, serves on the boards of Amyris, Google, Zynga and several private technology companies.
Outside of Kleiner Perkins, he supports entrepreneurs focused on the environment, public education and alleviating global poverty, including NewSchools.org, TechNet.,org, the Climate Reality Project and ONE.org.
Mr. Doerr has bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Individual tickets to the diner are $500 each with $7.95 processing fee. For more information, call 408-790-9525.