The San Francisco Business Times has named KPCB venture guy John Doerr dealmaker of the year:
For his work on Google and past successes, John Doerr has been selected the 2004 Dealmaker of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times.
“John Doerr is the lighthouse beacon calling to entrepreneurs across the country,” said Walter Kortschak, managing partner at Summit Partners in Palo Alto. “That gives the firm a competitive advantage in being among the first to see new ideas.
“I wake up every morning thankful that I’m not competing against him,” added Kortschak, whose firm focuses on investing in more established companies, which puts him outside Kleiner Perkins’ arena of nurturing startups.
While Doerr has had his missteps, there is no denying that a) he is a smart (and wealthy) fellow, and b) that he has done a masterful job of making sure that he sees all the best deals first.