Mike Abbott

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Mike Abbott
EducationB.S. Biochemistry
Alma materCalifornia Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
EmployerKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
AwardsTechFellow Award - Engineering Leadership 2009

Mike Abbott is general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[1] He was vice president of engineering at Twitter.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in Saratoga, California, Abbott earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1994 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and has completed coursework towards a PhD from the University of Washington.[4]


Abbott began his career in 1994 as a research associate at SRI International. After spending a year and a half working towards his PhD at the University of Washington, Abbott returned to the workforce as a research scientist with GeneTrace Systems. He then served as an architect/director at USWeb and VP of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer at Electron Economy. In 2001, Abbott started Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), a data virtualization company, from his home office.[5][6] He would then go on the co-found Passenger before serving as General Manager of Microsoft's .NET services and later leading the webOS software development team at Palm.[7]

In May 2010, Abbott joined Twitter as Vice President of Engineering.[8] At Twitter, Abbott is credited with rebuilding and solidifying Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half, and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support hundreds of millions of daily tweets.[9]

After a short stint at Benchmark Capital, Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins as a partner on its digital team in December 2011.[10]


  1. ^ "2014 30 under 30: Technology; Judges: Steve Case, Mike Abbott, Caterina Fake". Forbes. December 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Julie Bort (December 3, 2012). "Kleiner's Mike Abbott: Venture Capital Must Change". Business Insider.
  3. ^ "Mike Abbott". Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Executive Profile Michael R. Abbott Ph.D." Bloomberg Businessweek. December 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Derek Andersen (January 12, 2013). "Startup Grind Interview With Mike Abbott". Startup Grind.
  6. ^ Zack Whittaker (June 20, 2013). "Cisco to acquire Composite Software for $180M". ZDNet.
  7. ^ Dan Primack (December 1, 2011). "Ex-Twitter engineer Mike Abbott joins Kleiner Perkins". Fortune.
  8. ^ Colleen Taylor (December 1, 2011). "Ex-Twitter VP engineering Mike Abbott joins Kleiner Perkins as partner". Gigaom.
  9. ^ Julie Bort (December 2, 2012). "Kleiner's Mike Abbott: Venture Capital Must Change". Business Insider.
  10. ^ Leena Rao (December 1, 2011). "Former Twitter Engineering VP And Benchmark EIR Mike Abbott Joins Kleiner Perkins As Partner". TechCrunch.