Amol Deshpande

Amol Deshpande

Investment Partner (Greentech)
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Amol Deshpande joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in April 2008. His primary focus is greentech, with special emphasis on technologies related to water, waste, fuels, chemicals and sustainable agriculture. Amol serves on the board of directors of Harvest, a company focused on next-generation waste management technologies, and the board of directors of KPCB's first water investment, APTwater. He is also a director on the boards of three additional ventures in the water and waste sectors, and he is closely involved with KPCB investments in Siluria, Hara Software and Next Autoworks.

Before joining KPCB, Amol spent three years at Black River and Cargill Ventures, two investment-oriented business units of the private agribusiness company Cargill, Inc. While at Cargill, he 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 and environmental sciences, and carbon markets. He was also responsible for maintaining relationships with key business units within Cargill and tracking greentech innovation, both inside and outside the organization. Earlier in his career, Amol was an entrepreneur who founded an agricultural biotech company focused on novel germplasm in high-value vegetable crops, as well as companies in the water and educational services sectors. During this part of his career, he accrued extensive expertise in writing business plans, fundraising and guiding strategy for new enterprises at all stages of development.

Amol earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. At Cornell, he was a Park Fellow and received a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship based on his future leadership potential in the business world.