Ex-Calif. governor candidate hired as strategic adviser

SAN FRANCISCO — Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers confirmed late Tuesday that Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate, has joined the firm as a part-time strategic adviser.

Whitman, who becomes the latest high-profile addition to the Silicon Valley firm, will coach and advise entrepreneurs and help evaluate new digital investments.

"I've known the KPCB team for years — they are fabulous advocates for technology-based start-ups," said Whitman in a statement. "I look forward to providing insight and applying my experiences to help the next generation of businesses scale."

Whitman joins a star-studded roster of investors and advisers, including former vice president Al Gore, listed as a partner, and Colin Powell, a strategic limited partner at the firm.

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