It’s beginning to look a lot like 2000, with John Doerr and Al Gore together again. Except that Gore is a lot heavier and Doerr is a lot richer.
Back in 2000, Doerr, a one-time registered Republican, linked up with the Democratic Party and got behind the former U.S. Vice President, serving as an unofficial adviser on tech issues. And the venture capitalist did what he knew best: He raised money for the presidential candidate by once organizing a $10,000-per-plate fund-raiser.
Last month, at the 20th annual TiE Conference put on by The Indus Entrepreneurs, there was Doerr channeling Gore when he talked about getting behind innovative “green technology.”
Much in the same way that Gore discusses climate change in his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” Doerr showed some slides about the impact of global warming on such economic hot spots as the Bay Area, and Mumbai, India.
His pitch was that he and his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, are looking to invest in green tech startups that are working to make global warming less of a problem.
He never said, “Vote for me in ’08.” But a Gore-Doerr ticket could be a powerful force if it came together. Doerr was one of the most anticipated speakers at the event, whose other speakers included film director David Lynch and California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Gore was not in attendance. He was in New York doing a cameo on “Saturday Night Live.”