Randy Komisar: Best Selling Author & Venture Capitalist

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Randy Komisar joined the storied venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior, Randy worked as “virtual CEO” with entrepreneurs creating businesses using innovative technologies. He is the author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as the HBR article “Goodbye Career, Hello Success” and several articles on leadership, entrepreneurship, passion and creativity. He is also the co-author of Getting to Plan B presenting a lean, empirical method for driving innovation and developing winning business models, and I F**cking Love that Company about creating cherished artisanal brands in the era of Amazon online ubiquity.  Randy frequently lectures at Stanford, where he was a Consulting Professor for many years, and speaks here and abroad on innovation and leadership.

What do you do best?

I believe my best skill is bridging the gap between creatives and business, ideas and impact. I love working with talented people and helping them grow and succeed.

What makes you the best?

I am a naturally curious generalist with a broad range of interests. I am a student of everything and everybody. I have an open mind and like the eccentric and the bold. I am a pretty good listener. I focus on achieving potential rather than avoiding pitfalls.

What are your aspirations?

I try to help others make the world better in meaningful ways.  If I can help high potential people achieve their ambitions while living an admirable life, I can have impact far beyond my own meager efforts.

Biggest Success?

Finding a way to live a life that matters without subscribing to convention.  Following my own path to personal success.

Most Challenging Moment?

Realizing I had lost my passion for running businesses I quit a great CEO job in order to find a purposeful way to make a difference that was consistent with my own priorities and values.


The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Favorite People/Role Models?

My mentor, Bill Campbell.  My wife, Debra Dunn. My Buddhist teacher, Misha Merrill.

Favorite Places/Destinations?

I travel enthusiastically, often by bicycle, to experience a place and the people more intimately.  I prefer out of the way places, the emerging world, trading luxury for authentic experiences. Each place is magical in its own way and my favorite is usually my most recent.

Favorite Products/Objects?

My bicycles :). All types; custom and classic, urban and racing, recumbents and uprights. They are the most beautiful, elegant machines because of their simplicity and integral harmony with the rider.  Many of the great innovations of the past started with bicycle designer.

Current Passions?

Mentoring, Cycling, Motorbiking, Jazz, and my lovely Dogs – Rufus and Lola ……