Mentor Session: Trae Vassallo
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Trae Vassallo is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she invests in a broad array of consumer, software, and digital energy ventures. A "design thinker" and engineer at heart, Trae thrives at the intersection of great products and big markets.
Trae led KPCB's investments in Aggregate Knowledge, Enlighted, OPOWER, and Recyclebank and was responsible for originating the firm's investments in Enphase and Silver Spring Networks. She also works closely with the management team of Nest.
Before joining KPCB in 2003, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company (acquired by Motorola) that provides end-to-end wireless e-mail services to the enterprise. Trae began her career at IDEO, where she developed ground breaking products for companies including Palm and Dell. Trae holds 13 patents across a broad array of technologies and disciplines.
Trae earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to working with the world's best entrepreneurs, Trae is passionate about empowering girls in technology and adventuring with her husband and three children.