John Maeda

KPCB
2750 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

John Maeda is Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and also Chair of the eBay Inc Design Advisory Board. He actively bridges technology, design, and leadership. His work as an artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire. As a professor at the MIT Media Lab starting in 1996, Maeda led research that brought together technologists, designers, and business leaders into a common space of possibility. Maeda's early work -- bridging advanced computation with traditional visual art -- is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

In June 2008, Maeda became president of Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD, Maeda led the movement to transform STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to STEAM by adding Art. He earned a National Design Award in the US in 2001; in 2002, the Mainichi Design Prize in Japan; and in 2005, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize in Germany. Maeda was inducted into the New York Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame in 2009, and was a recipient of the AIGA Medal in 2010.

His current focus is on imagining how design and venture can better merge together. He serves on the boards of Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy, and on the Davos World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. Maeda has published four books including The Laws of Simplicity, now translated into 14 languages. His new book with Becky Bermont, Redesigning Leadership, expands on his micro-posts on leadership and on Twitter as @johnmaeda -- named as one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds by TIME Magazine.