FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is disputing accusations that it fired Ellen Pao last year as retaliation for her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm. Instead, Kleiner Perkins says in new court documents that Pao was terminated for "long standing performance issues."
Pao originally filed suit in May 2012, alleging that Kleiner Perkins had discriminated against female employees, particularly on issues of compensation and promotions, due to their gender. She also alleged that the firm's response to sexual harassment by a fellow partner was insufficient. Pao continued to work for the firm until that October, when she was let go. One year later, she amended her initial complaint to include a retaliation charge related to her termination.
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In its original reply, Kleiner Perkins had detailed performance deficiencies that it says were the root cause of Pao's inability to be promoted at the same rate as some of her male colleagues. It reiterated those points in its revised response, but does not provide any additional information that would explain why Pao was fired in October 2012 rather than in, say, October 2011.
A trial had been scheduled to begin this coming May, but both sides requested additional time. A case management conference is currently set for January 29.
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Kleiner Perkins partner ponders next act.
FORTUNE -- Chi-Hua Chien, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is thinking about launching his own venture capital fund, Fortune has learned.
Chien is in the very early stages of talking to both prospective LPs and his Kleiner Perkins colleagues, for what likely would be a small seed and early-stage fund focused on consumer technology companies.
Last month we reported on a major management shake-up over MOREDan Primack - Nov 14, 2013 12:19 PM ET
Neighborhood social network maker now worth around $600 million.
FORTUNE -- Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, this morning announced that it has raised $60 million in new VC funding, co-led by Tiger Global Management and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The round was competitive, with sources telling Fortune that it values the San Francisco-based company at approximately $600 million.
Comcast Ventures also participated, alongside existing shareholders Benchmark, Greylock Partners and Shasta MOREDan Primack - Oct 29, 2013 9:01 AM ET
Memo reveals slimmed-down investment committee.
FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is making some major changes to its early-stage investment practice, Fortune has learned.
The venerable VC firm this week sent a memo to its limited partners, explaining that its active early-stage funds will be led by a group of just five managing directors (who also will serve as the funds' investment committee). The quintet consists of: John Doerr, Ted Schlein, Randy MOREDan Primack - Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM ET
Kleiner Perkins sells its 14 year-old stake in AutoTrader to Cox Enterprises.
FORTUNE -- It has been 14 years since Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers invested in AutoTrader.com, an Atlanta-based digital automotive marketplace that would later acquire such properties as Kelly Blue Book. It was a stereotypical dotcom investment, with KP holding onto its shares long after the bubble burst and yet another boom/bust cycle ran its course.
But Fortune has learned MOREDan Primack - Aug 8, 2013 11:48 AM ET
Recent developments in several cases involving private equity and venture capital firms.
FORTUNE -- A large number of private equity and venture capital firms are currently involved in litigation, some as defendants and some as plaintiffs. Four of these cases have had recent developments, so here is a quick rundown:
Dahl: This is the massive private equity bid-rigging case, which has accused 10 private equity firms of conspiring on nearly two dozen buyouts MOREDan Primack - Jun 25, 2013 12:47 PM ET
Why Kleiner Perkins called its investors to Sand Hill Road.
FORTUNE -- Reuters has a buzzy report out about how venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently held a series of limited partners meetings, in which it "acknowledged" weak performance.
My initial reaction was: "Huh? Aren't LPs already aware of Kleiner Perkins' performance? After all, they do get quarterlies."
So I reached out to some of the firm's investors, who tell MOREDan Primack - Mar 6, 2013 12:07 PM ET
Untruth in Silicon Valley advertising.
FORTUNE -- Venture capitalist Ray Lane will speak later this month at The Commonwealth Club of California, on how cleantech investing remains viable in the face of recent failures and the (likely) disappearance of federal funding.
Here is part of the email marketing pitch:
As a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins, America's premier venture capital firm, Lane has sponsored several start-ups in clean alternative energy. Some of his MOREDan Primack - Nov 1, 2012 1:21 PM ET
Beyond the headlines, he has a track record of charitable giving and promoting civil rights causes.
FORTUNE -- Before he was known in the tabloids and society circles as the guy suing the Dakota apartment building, before he was known in Silicon Valley and the tech community as the husband of Ellen Pao (the woman suing venture firm Kleiner Perkins for sexual discrimination), Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher was perhaps best known -- MOREKatie Benner - Oct 25, 2012 8:11 AM ET
From Harvard to Silicon Valley to Wall Street, they scaled the heights of American business and society. Their marriage was the joining of two superstars. Then they went to war with their elite worlds. Who pays the price in this story?
By Adam Lashinsky and Katie Benner
FORTUNE -- Jan. 20, 2009, was a day of proud and joyous reflection for Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr. The New York hedge fund manager MOREOct 25, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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