Portfolio Speed and Scale
Portfolio Speed and Scale

Speed and Scale

By John Doerr


Publication Date: October 26, 2021

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Venture capitalist John Doerr reveals a sweeping—and actionable—plan to cut carbon emissions to net zero, using powerful levers to conquer humanity’s greatest challenge: climate change.

In 2006, acclaimed investor John Doerr and his partners at Kleiner Perkins launched their first clean technology fund. They’ve backed more climate entrepreneurs than anyone and invested in a wide range of solutions, amassing hard-earned lessons along the way. Yet years later, despite breakthroughs in batteries, electric vehicles, and solar and wind power, we are not on track to limit global warming. Instead, we are on the brink of an all-out crisis.

Today, climate change is being tackled inconsistently and insufficiently. More than ever, we need a clear course of action.

What if the techniques that powered the rise of today’s most innovative organizations were brought to bear on humanity’s greatest challenge? Fueled by a powerful goal-setting tool called objectives and key results (OKRs), SPEED & SCALE offers an unprecedented global plan for cutting emissions and reaching net zero by 2050. Used by Google, Bono’s ONE foundation, and startups the world over, OKRs have scaled ideas into movements that changed the world. With clear-eyed realism and science-backed precision, Doerr identifies the OKRs we need to reduce emissions across every sector of the economy—with all possible speed.

Equally inspiring and pragmatic, SPEED & SCALE intersperses Doerr’s learnings with firsthand accounts from Jeff Bezos, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, Mary Barra, Bill Gates, and other intrepid entrepreneurs, activists, and scientists. A launchpad for those who want to act, this book is for ambitious leaders of every ilk. With a definitive plan, science, and inspiration on our side—there is no more time to waste.

About the Author

John Doerr is an engineer, venture capitalist, and the chairman of Kleiner Perkins. He was an original investor and board member at Google and Amazon, helping to create more than half a million jobs. A pioneer of Silicon Valley’s clean tech movement, John has been investing in zero emission technologies since 2006. He’s passionate about encouraging leaders to reimagine the future, from transforming healthcare to advancing applications of machine learning. Outside of Kleiner Perkins, John works with social entrepreneurs tackling systemic issues across climate, public health, and education.

Author Residence: Woodside, CA

Author Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Format: Hardcover

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Portfolio

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

ISBN: 9780593420478

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