Amol Deshpande is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 2008 and focuses primarily on greentech, with a special interest in topics related to agriculture and environmental technologies. Amol is interested in fundamentally transforming agriculture and human nutrition through science and technology as well as changing the way society manages its waste and water. Amol incubated and is on the board of directors of Harvest Power, a leading alternative waste company and Beyond Meat, an innovative leader in next generation agriculture. Amol is also involved with other ventures at KP including Agilyx, APTwater, Blue Oak Resources, Scinor, Siluria and a stealth agricultural company.
Before joining KPCB, Amol spent nearly three years at Black River and Cargill Ventures, both investment oriented business units of Cargill, a global leader in agriculture. Earlier in his career Amol was an entrepreneur in the agricultural sector and founded and worked with companies focused on novel germplasm in high value vegetable crops, aquaculture, education and water technologies.
Amol earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Park Fellow.