Three CIS Undergraduates Selected as KPCB Engineering Fellows
Jeff Grimes (CIS'15), Zachary Wasserman (CIS'13) and Nathan Fraenkel (CIS'14) have been selected as 2012 KPCB Engineering Fellows. The KPCB Fellowship Program was developed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a world-leading venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley, and is the firm's initiative to bring the top one percent of engineering students into its portfolio companies. KPCB received nearly 1000 applications from over 100 universities and conducted more than 300 interviews to get the final group of 25 Fellows for 2012.
Over the course of a summer, the KPCB Engineering Fellows will be employed at startup companies, where they will develop their technical skills and be mentored by an engineering executive within the company. Fellows will also be invited to attend events held by KPCB and events hosted by portfolio companies, where they can meet other talented engineering students, network with technology luminaries and explore the San Francisco Bay Area. The KPCB Engineering Fellows Program offers outstanding college students from across the United States an opportunity to gain significant experience working on unique and challenging technical problems, and to develop new relationships that are meaningful to their careers.
Fraenkel and Grimes will spend the summer working with Klout, a startup that takes an individual or organization's data from various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and produces a "Klout Score," influential topics and more. Its goal is to help people understand and leverage their influence, and Fellows will work to create consumer and revenue-generating applications, design site-management tools, perform graph analysis, engineer data pipelines and develop innovative targeting algorithms, all centered around social media influence.
Wasserman will be part of the team working with Opower, a startup founded on a simple premise: engaging the millions of people who are in the dark about their energy use and empowering them to save massive amounts of energy and money while significantly reducing global carbon emissions. Fellows will work as engineers building a system that analyzes the energy usage of more than 22 million households and redefines the way people understand energy information in the process.Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures, including AOL, Amazon.com, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, Verisign and Zynga.
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