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Featured Speaker - 2020

John Denniston — Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Shared-X

John is a Co-Founder and the Executive Chairman of Shared-X. Shared-X is an agriculture impact company aiming to generate financial, social and environmental returns in emerging countries. At its core, Shared-X collapses the agricultural “yield gap” by deploying advanced, sustainable farming techniques.  

In January 2020, Shared-X was named one of the Top 100 Global Impact Companies by Real Leaders, an impact organization. Shared-X was previously named one of the Top 200 Global Impact Solutions in a MacArthur Foundation competition, and a Top 250 Game-Changing Company by Global Silicon Valley.

John was previously a Senior Partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he co-founded and co-ran the firm's $1 billion Green Growth Fund. KPCB’s Green Growth Fund invests in sustainability companies in their growth stage. 

Prior to Kleiner Perkins, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. Earlier in his career, John was a Partner with a large California-based law firm, where he was Head of the firm’s Venture Capital practice, and Co-Head of its Information Technology practice group.

John earned two degrees from the University of Michigan: B.A. in economics, and J.D.