John Denniston, JD
INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

John is a former Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins and is Chairman of Shared-X which is closing the Yield Gap in Emerging Markets

John is Chairman of Shared-X, an innovative agriculture company aiming to close the yield gap in emerging markets. He is a former Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who he joined in 2001. John was a member of the partner team that conceptualized and launched the firm's greentech investment initiative. Since then, the KPCB greentech team, including John, has invested in more than 50 companies across a wide variety of sectors, including agtech. John co-ranthe KPCB Green Growth Fund, which invests in and supports growth-stage greentech companies. In addition to the listed companies, John also works with several stealth greentech companies, and collaborates with partners in connection with other portfolio companies. Before joining KPCB, John was a managing director and head of technology investment banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the investment committees for Salomon’ s venture capital direct investment fund and CitiGroup’ s venture capital fund-of-funds. Earlier in his career, John was a partner at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was head of the firm's venture capital practice group and co-head of its information technology practice group. He also served on the investment committee for the firm’ s venture capital fund. John has a BA in Economics and a JD from the University of Michigan.