Mary Meeker, VC and former Wall Street securities analyst. Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In her time at Morgan Stanley, she began publishing The Internet Report, an industry report widely considered to be the definitive guide to worldwide trends online.
"I always wanted to invest. The Kleiner team had been talking to me for a decade about joining, and I thought that if I didn’t do it now I never would. It seemed like I had a lot of relevant experience to apply to a new cycle, a new group of growing companies. I’d seen the movie before in the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s."
"No one forced me to focus on technology. I just did it because I had a passion for it. When I started, there weren’t a lot of women role models. It was Carol Bartz, Judy Estrin. I think there’s been a lot of progress since then, and I think that if women have a passion and really want to succeed, they can. On a relative basis, the male-female ratio is certainly skewed to men, but on an absolute basis, there are a lot of very successful women in technology."
On her nickname, Queen of the Net: "Better the queen than the grandmother! Every once in a while I try to pull rank. I’ll be in the pantry, and three people are waiting for the cappuccino machine, and I’ll say, 'Excuse me, it’s the Queen of the Net—can I step in front of the line?' There are worse things to be called.”
KPCB, photograph via Wired