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Book Summary - Measure What Matters By John Doerr

Before John Doerr was a venture capitalist and the author of Measure What Matters, he was just a guy looking for a girl. In the summer of 1975, Doerr went to Silicon Valley to try to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend without knowing where she worked. But luck was on his side. He landed an internship at Intel, which turned out to be where she worked. Doerr got the girl.

It also turned out to be a gamechanger for his career. At Intel, Doerr learned about objectives and key results (OKRs). Championed by Intel co-founder Andy Grove, Doerr saw their impact firsthand. Using a few objectives that were measured against key results, Intel saw consistent growth with Grove at the helm. Grove was CEO of Intel for 11 years and the company grew by 40% each year.

After seeing the proof at Intel, Doerr wanted...

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Objectives and key results (OKRs) revolutionize performance management for organizations and teams. By focusing on a smaller set of meaningful goals, businesses can thrive. The superpowers of focus, alignment, accountability, and ambition maximize success. Replace the traditional performance relics with continuous performance management. You need to fully embrace OKRs to succeed.

About the Author

John Doerr is an American investor and venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California. As a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, he was an economic advisor to Obama. As of 2017, Forbes ranked him 303rd richest person in the world with a net worth of 7.5 billion dollars as of February 16, 2018.

He wrote the book, Measure What Matters.

He was born in St Louis, Missouri. He graduated with a B.S and M.E.E in electrical engineering from Rice University. He later obtained his M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 1976. He started working for Intel in 1975 as a successful salesperson.

He holds several patents for memory devices.

In 1980, he started working for Kleiner Perkins. At Kleiner, he has overseen the funding of several successful technology companies such as, Intuit, and Google. He serves on the boards of Google and Zynga. He led Kleiner’s $150 million investment in Twitter in 2012. He serves on the board of the Obama Foundation and

He founded and serves on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, which has the goal of reforming education. He also founded Technet, a policy network of high tech CEOs that seek education and litigation reforms. He co-chaired California’s Proposition 39, which decreased the threshold to approved school bonds, and Proposition 71, which facilitated $3 billion in funding for research into stem cell therapies. 

He supports climate change and clean energy. In 2007, he held a TED talk about fighting global warming.

Doerr married Ann Doerr. They have two children. He pledges to give back his fortunes to charity over his lifetime.

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