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Kleiner Perkins Fellows Off and Running

If you’re looking for a nifty illustration of the “next” tech generation, click here. On the page are thumbnails of the 2013 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers fellows for design and engineering. Roll over any of the photos and they will flip to reveal where that person is interning this summer in Silicon Valley as part of the program.

There’s Academy of Art University design student Heather Tomkins (pictured), tapped for Klout; USC engineering student Katherine Anderson, already at Chegg; and several dozen others from UCSD, Pomona College, Stanford and elsewhere. This year, the KPCB competition received nearly 2,000 applications from more than 200 universities and conducted in excess of 450 interviews. Here is how Tomkins got to Klout:

Tomkins submitted her Academy thesis project, an interactive children’s book for the iPad called The Bear and the Picture Camera. She designed the book in a way that allows the reader and the main character to explore and draw together — a type of combination she felt was missing in the iPad children’s book market.

“Not only did this project allow me to develop new skills in user experience and user interface design, it allowed me to further develop my skills as an illustrator, visual designer and storyteller,” she said. “I’m honored and excited to be a 2013 KPCB Design Fellow. I look forward to my summer with Klout and this invaluable opportunity to grow as a designer.”

Congrats to one and all members of this very talented summer-of-2013 class. The program that brought them together is currently marking its 41st year.

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