Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, one of the world’s most prominent VC firms, has one. Google Ventures, the investing arm of Google, has four. The design partner—a designer who helps manage and select investments—is becoming a mainstay role at venture capital firms. The latest example: Irene Au, former head of Google’s user interaction team (and before that, the head of UX at Yahoo), announced Tuesday that she is taking a position as an operating partner at the energy-focused Khosla Ventures.
But what is a designer’s role as a partner at a VC firm? And why are VCs suddenly so interested in design?
Half a century after his death, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe remains one of the most influential architects of the modern era. He radically changed the way we think about skyscrapers, pioneering the glass-encased tower style that has become ubiquitous in cities. Now, the self-educated, German-born architect, whose motto was “less is more,” is the subject of an extensive new monograph from Phaidon that spans 60 years of his career.
[Image: Courtesy of Chicago History Museum]
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