Vinod Khosla: A Name To Reckon With In Silicon Valley
Vinod Khosla had emigrated from India to make it big in the Silicon Valley. He is an Indian-American venture capitalist. He is one of the co-founders of the Sun Micro-systems and was born in Pune, India. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capital firm, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.
Khosla happened to realize his inherent attraction for technology, at the age of fourteen when he came across the Electronic Engineering Times. Here there was an article stating the founding of Intel. He decided to pursue technology as a career, and attained the degree of Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi, India.
This was followed by a degree of Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He got together with his Stanford fellows Scott McNealy, Andy Brchtolsheim and Bill Roy who had a UC Berkeley master’s degree and laid the foundation of the Sun Micro-systems in 1980. He also founded the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and worked as a guest editor for a special issue of Economic Times.
In his versatile career, Khosla has also been a part of some of the most extraordinary failures that had hit the business circle in the recent times. They include Asera, Zambeel, Dynabook, and Excite, to name a few. He also made an investment in a micro-finance NGO in India, SKS, Micro-finance. The poor women from the rural India are aided by this program as they stand to receive small loans. Apart from Sun Micro-systems, Khosla is also the founder of the Daisy Systems. He has offered his expertise in the founding of several other companies like Nex-Gen, which is now been purchased by AMD, @Home Network, Juniper Netwoks, Cerent, Corvis and LS9. He is also a board member of quite a number of companies.
He has received several acknowledgments for his contribution in the business field. He had been a finalist in the World Technology Award in 1999 and held the honorary chair for the Donors Choose San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board.
In 2004, Vinod Khosla founded his firm, called Khosla Ventures. It is primarily a venture capital firm that is involved in the computing, mobile, silicon technology, the internet and other clean technology sectors. This particular sector is termed as Cleantech. They deal with investments in the bio-refinery sectors for energy, bio-plastics, solar, battery and several other environmental friendly technologies. The company is based in Menlo Park, California.