John Denniston is the chairman of the board of Shared-X, an agriculture impact company. Shared-X aims to both generate investor returns and lift vast numbers of smallholder farmers out of poverty. At its core, Shared-X collapses the agricultural "yield gap"—which is the astonishing difference between developed and emerging country farm productivity—by deploying advanced, sustainable farming techniques. Many leading impact and agriculture funds have invested in Shared-X.
Professor Denniston previously was 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.
Prior to Kleiner Perkins, Professor Denniston was managing director and head of technology investment banking for the western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the investment committees for Salomon's venture capital/private equity direct investment fund, as well as CitiGroup's venture capital fund-of-funds. Earlier in his career, Professor Denniston was a partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was head of the law firm's venture capital practice and co-head of its information technology practice group.
Professor Denniston earned his BA in economics and JD from the University of Michigan.
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