As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mary Meeker’s role in the firm’s digital growth fund led to some of its most profitable investments in recent years. After Spotify and DocuSign went public in 2018, she was propelled to the ranks of the most successful venture capitalists in the world.
However, after decades in operation, the Kleiner Perkins firm decided to split its early-stage and growth-stage funds in 2018, as detailed by Fortune. In January 2019, Mary co-founded Bond Capital, a spinoff of the Kleiner Perkins digital growth fund, with Mood Rowghani, Noah Knauf, and Juliet deBaubigny. With its $1.25 billion debut growth fund, Bond Capital is the first billion-dollar VC firm founded by a woman.
Every year, Mary delivers her highly revered Internet Trends reports. These speeches explain where she believes the tech world is headed that year through 200 slides full of data and charts. In addition to her yearly Internet Trends reports, Mary is the co-author of several books, including The Internet Report and The Internet Advertising Report and the co-author of The Internet Retailing Report, The Online Classified Advertising Report: It’s About Search/Find/Obtain (SFO), The China Internet Report, The Mobile Internet Report, and The Technology IPO Yearbooks.
Along with Liang Wu, Mary created USA, Inc., an award-winning, non-partisan report and video that analyzes the US government from a critical business eye.
Prior to Kleiner Perkins, Mary worked at Morgan Stanley as a managing director and research analyst. Her position with Kleiner Perkins was her first venture into the world of investing.
“I always wanted to invest,” she said in a 2012 interview with Wired. “The Kleiner team had been talking to me for a decade about joining, and I thought that if I didn’t do it now, I never would.”Tags: Investment and Funding, VC, Women in Tech, Women in VC