Designers: Kleiner Perkins Wants You

One the biggest trends sweeping Silicon Valley is the glorification of design. Entrepreneurs used to sweat over the back-end technology that kept their sites running. Now following the example of design-obsessed Steve Jobs and others, they are equally anxious about the color and placement of each pixel on the screen or the slope of a bezel.

The latest sign of the trend comes from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The venture-capital firm will Tuesday announce two new initiatives around design. The first is a “Design Fellows” program that will recruit and place 35 to 40 interns at start-ups backed by the firm. The include One Kings Lane, Path and Zaarly. There is no age requirement, but Kleiner will focus its recruiting at universities.

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