Mary Meeker

American venture capitalist and securities analyst

Mary Meeker (born September 1959) is an American venture capitalist and former Wall Street securities analyst. Her primary work is on Internet and new technologies. She is a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  

Mary Meeker in 2005


  • One of the greatest investments of our lifetime has been New York City real estate, and investors made the highest returns when they bought stuff during the 1970s and 1980s when people were getting mugged. The lesson is that you make the most money when you buy stuff that's out of consensus.
  • I grew up believing that one person could make a difference. In Indiana, you saw that with basketball. The small town could beat the big town, like in the movie Hoosiers. That is one of the things that attracts me to entrepreneurs.
  • No one forced me to focus on technology. I just did it because I had a passion for it. When I started, there weren’t a lot of women role models. It was Carol Bartz, Judy Estrin. I think there’s been a lot of progress since then, and I think that if women have a passion and really want to succeed, they can. On a relative basis, the male-female ratio is certainly skewed to men, but on an absolute basis, there are a lot of very successful women in technology.
  • I've always wanted to invest.That’s why I started working on Wall Street in the first place, back in 1986 when I went through the Salomon Brothers training program. My move to investing was delayed in part because I just loved what I was doing. I took a step back and said, ‘If I don’t do this now, I never will.’
  • The impact of the internet and mobile and and the way countries are adapting the internet in different marketplaces is huge. And those- every company in the world needs to reinvent themselves and Amy knows this at Microsoft. Microsoft is reinventing itself. is reinventing itself. Facebook is reinventing itself. GM is reinventing itself. And so, this whole reinvention idea to adapt to a more connected world is so real.
  • Change, opportunity, and responsibility. We’re living in a period of unprecedented change and unprecedented opportunity. Especially for the people in this room, unprecedented need for responsibility.
  • New technologies have created and displaced jobs, historically.
  • A lot of people ask the question about internet usage, "How much is too much?" Our view is it depends on how that time is spent. One of the things I feel really strongly about is there’s a lot of innovation and there’s a lot of competition, and that’s driving a lot of product improvement and a lot of usefulness and a lot of usage and also a lot of scrutiny.

Quotes about Meeker

  • For much of the 1990s, she was called "Queen of the Net," for her knack for picking tech stocks and helping companies like Netscape go public.
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