Now billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr has chosen sides in another online conflict. As a partner with private investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Doerr has helped build many household names including Google, Amazon.com
Doerr is a powerful and admired man , and his departure is not good for Amazon. "Doerr (and Kleiner) is the center of gravity in the Internet," according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Schmidt calls him "one of Google's best board members." But the choice must have been easy -- Doerr made his billions mostly on the early investment in Google, after all. And Kleiner still has a representative in Amazon's highest halls, so that tie is not completely severed yet.
That's not the last of Google's potential leadership conflicts. Google board member John Hennessy also serves on the board of Cisco Systems
Will Google ever run out of conflicting interests? Ponder those tangled webs in the comments below.
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