Trae Vassallo is an investor, board member and entrepreneurial advisor. Her current investments and advisories include eero, Spire, Shuddle, Meta and several stealth companies. Trae is also on the board of directors at Telstra, an international telecommunications company. Trae recently co-authored the study “Elephant in the Valley” to help expose the underlying data around the experiences of women in technology. She was most recently a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Over 10 years at KPCB, Trae invested in number of leading companies including Nest Labs, Dropcam and Opower. A “design thinker” and engineer at heart, Trae thrives at the intersection of great products and big markets.
Before joining KPCB, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company that provides end-to-end wireless email services to the enterprise. Trae began her career at IDEO, where she developed ground-breaking products for companies including Palm and Dell. Trae holds 13 patents across a broad array of technologies and disciplines.
Trae earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Trae is active on the Trust of the Stanford Business School and as an advisor to the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford. In addition to working with the world’s best entrepreneurs, Trae is passionate about empowering women in technology and adventuring with her husband and three children.