Melissa Taunton

Melissa is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she brings her broad experience from the technology and healthcare sectors, along with her passion for cultivating relationships, to seek out best in class people who will build life-changing companies that have …

Melissa is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she brings her broad experience from the technology and healthcare sectors, along with her passion for cultivating relationships, to seek out best in class people who will build life-changing companies that have global reach.

She was born in Durban, South Africa and moved to the United States as a young adult. Melissa originally planned to complete her graduate studies and then return to her beloved South Africa but was captivated by the incredible opportunities and fascinating technology developments that she saw in U.S. companies. The rest is history, and today, she happily resides in the Bay Area during what she believes to be the second renaissance.

Melissa began her career in technology at Qualcomm doing supply chain management. Thereafter, she joined Hewlett Packard and focused on global contract manufacturing strategy and also worked at Netopia building strategic technology alliances. Later, she transitioned to healthcare and served as as the president of Drip Drop, Inc., an oral rehydration product for hospital and home use. Melissa realized that her passion is creatively improving human health and people’s lives through access to technology solutions. Her focus is now finding the best people to advance companies that are on the cutting edge of the convergence of technology and life sciences.

Melissa currently resides in Marin County with her three daughters who bring her endless joy and learning. In her spare time, she often can be found running on Mount Tamalpais.

Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration, summa cum laude, with a focus on finance and marketing, specializing in contract negotiations.

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