Former Vice President Al Gore to Speak at Special Event Presented by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Aspen Institute

July 2, 2007  • Institute Contributor

Former Vice President Al Gore to Speak at Special Event Presented by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Aspen Institute

ASPEN, CO—July 2, 2007. The Aspen Institute announced today that former Vice President Al Gore will be a featured speaker at a special public event during the upcoming Greentech Innovation Network summit, a convening of world thought leaders designed to accelerate greentech innovation, hosted by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Considered one of the foremost authorities on the environment, Vice President Gore will reflect candidly on the latest innovations and solutions to the global climate change problem.

Mr. Gore is to be interviewed by John Doerr, partner at KPCB, in a publicly accessible session of the Greentech Innovation Network. The special public event with Mr. Gore is scheduled on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:00 at the Benedict Music Tent. Tickets ($10) will be available for sale on Monday, July 9th through the Aspen Music Festival Box Offices or by calling 970-925-9042.  Donors to the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute may obtain tickets by calling 970-544-7924.

Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. He is also co-founder and chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. His latest book, The Assault on Reason (Penguin Press), provides an analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is leading the venture community in investing in and accelerating green technology and policy innovations, having been active in greentech investing since 1999.  Since its founding in 1972, KPCB has also backed entrepreneurs in over 475 ventures, including AOL, Align Technology,, Citrix, Compaq Computer, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Lotus, LSI Logic, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Verisign and Xilinx. More than 150 of the firm’s portfolio companies have gone public. Many other ventures have achieved success through mergers and acquisitions.

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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