President’s Lecture Series to feature engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist John Doerr Dec. 4

Engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist and Rice alumnus John Doerr will visit the university for a public talk on “Measuring, Finding and Developing Successful Tech Innovations to Change the World.” The President’s Lecture Series event will be held Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall.

John Doerr

John Doerr

Doerr, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1973 and 1974, respectively, from Rice, currently serves as chairman of Kleiner Perkins. He was an original investor and board member at Google and Amazon, helping to create more than 500,000 jobs and the world’s second- and third-most valuable companies, according to event organizers.

Doerr is the author of the new New York Times bestseller “Measure What Matters,” a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals.

In 2015, Rice University established the Doerr Institute for New Leaders with significant support from Doerr and his wife, Ann Doerr, who also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rice and serves on the university’s board of trustees.

The President’s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing to the Rice campus “celebrities of substance,” speakers of both high intellectual distinction and broad public appeal.

Registration for Doerr’s lecture is required at

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is editor of Rice New.