KPCB Hires Bill Joy: Alsop or Metcalfe?

This will either turn out to be brilliant or stupid. There is no inbetween when a firm like Kleiner Perkins hires a smart, prickly, and contrarian fellow like Bill Joy. You have to hand it to Kleiner though: They know how to play the venture game, and bringing in people like Joy is one way to play in 2005. You get guru frisson, you get boffo column-inches, and you get an enlarged deal network, and it is all wrapped in one wild-haired package.

So, will Joy be more like Robert Metcalfe — someone high-profile who came into venture capital late and it seemingly suits — or more like Stewart Alsop — someone high-profile who came in late and for whom it was seemingly a poor fit? Equally, will KP be able to give Joy enough rein to pursue his myriad stated investment interests?

Consider, here is Joy on where he wants to put out money:

“As a KPCB partner, I will continue to help entrepreneurs advance the Internet, develop wireless innovations, and find new ways of using large piles of computers to solve difficult problems. I’m also particularly interested in discoveries and inventions that solve energy and resource problems, and in applying 21st century advances in physics, chemistry and the natural sciences to help create abundance.”

In other words, Bill wants to invest in, you know, stuff.

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Comments

  1. Will Bill Joy be like Alsop or Metcalfe?

    Infectious Greed: So, will Joy be more like Robert Metcalfe — someone high-profile who came into venture capital late and it seemingly suits — or more like Stewart Alsop — someone high-profile who came in late and for whom it was a poor fit? Equally…

  2. Chris says:

    Does this mean we son’t see anymore articles like “Why the future does not need us”?
    I would imagine that a VC would need to have a positive outlook on things, otherwise what’s the point, if robots and GMOs are going to kill us all anyway.

  3. Business Talk

    LOL at this one. Bill Joy: “As a KPCB [Kliener Perkins Capitalist Bastards, a VC fund — dpj] partner, I will continue to help entrepreneurs advance the Internet, develop wireless innovations, and find new ways of using large piles…

  4. Business Talk

    LOL at this one. Bill Joy (one of the braniacs behind Sun Microsystems): “As a KPCB [Kliener Perkins Capitalist Bastards, a VC fund — dpj] partner, I will continue to help entrepreneurs advance the Internet, develop wireless innovations, and…

  5. Tom Parsons says:

    Joy’s stated investment interests sound as though he has been comforted by critics of his techno-alarmist scenario. If so, Joy should re-think. While the specific disasters that he offered as targets can be knocked down in a barrage of detail and verbiage, the structure of his argument is practically a syllogism:
    1) Due to technology, the power of our actions to affect ourselves and our environment is constantly increasing.
    2) Every action has unintended consequences, some beneficial, some harmful, whose magnitude is related to that of the intended consequences by a factor that may exceed unity (and often does).
    3) Therefore, as time goes on, the likelihood increases constantly that we will encounter a harmful unintended consequence that is larger than any known action’s beneficial intended effect, and which is therefore irremediable.
    Stated simply, we will inevitably create a disaster that we cannot deal with.

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