Bloom Energy is the company that develops, builds, and installs Bloom Energy Servers. The company, started in 2002 by CEO K.R. Sridhar, is one of 26 named a 2010 Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. In October 2001, CEO K.R Sridhar met with John Doerr from the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Sridhar asked for more than $100 million to start the company. Bloom Energy eventually received $400 million of start-up funding from venture capitalists, including Kleiner Perkins and Vinod Khosla. The company, originally called Ion America, was renamed Bloom Energy in 2006.