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Amol Deshpande

MBA '05

Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byer (Menlo Park, CA)


Amol joined KPCB in 2008 and focuses on opportunities and initiatives associated with green technology and global climate change. Prior to KPCB, Amol spent 3 years as a director and associate at Black River and Cargill Ventures, both investment oriented business units of the private agribusiness, Cargill, Inc. While at Cargill, Amol focused on Greentech investment throughout the energy, water and agricultural supply chain. Amol was directly involved with investments and initiatives in multiple Greentech verticals including solar, next generation fuels, sustainable agriculture, industrial biotech, waste/environmental sciences and global climate change. Amol was also responsible for maintaining relationships with key innovative business units within Cargill and tracking innovation in Greentech both inside and outside of the organization. Amol also has experience both as a consultant with Deloitte and as an entrepreneur. In this, Amol has experience in writing business plans, fundraising and guiding strategy for new enterprises.


Amol has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Amol also has an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Park Fellow, receiving a full tuition merit based scholarship plus stipend based on future leadership potential in business world.