Thursday, November 06, 2008

John Doerr’s Advice for Barack Obama: Hire Bill Joy - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

A very attractive scenario, imho

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco Wednesday, billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr was interviewed by John Heilemann, a contributing editor at New York magazine who came in from Chicago, fresh off the Obama campaign trail. He had a few questions for Mr. Doerr that, he said, came directly from the president-elect.

First, Barack Obama wanted to know whom Mr. Doerr would recommend for chief technology officer of the United States, a position that Mr. Obama has promised to create. Mr. Doerr’s first choice was Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, in which Mr. Doerr invested early on. Mr. Joy is now a partner at Mr. Doerr’s firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Mr. Doerr said it would be a sacrifice to lose him to the Obama administration, but that “there is no greater cause.”

On a related note, see an op-ed piece by Al Gore and David Blood in wsj.com: We Need Sustainable Capitalism

John Doerr’s Advice for Barack Obama: Hire Bill Joy - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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