John Maeda

Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

After six years as president of the Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda announced in December 2013 that he would assume the position of design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, while also chairing the eBay Design Advisory Board. Maeda, a renowned digital designer with a puckish wit and love for Twitter, was a dark horse candidate for the presidency of the hallowed art and design school, where he embraced technology in unique ways, like giving every 2010 graduate an "artrepreneur" kit featuring a Square credit card reader. He's drawn praise as a national advocate for arts education, and for helping his BFA grads conquer a brutal economy, reporting a 97% job placement rate for the class of 2012.