Vinod Khosla

  • Vinod Khosla: “I Feel Sad Sometimes For Y Combinator Companies That Get So Much Hype”

    Vinod Khosla: “I Feel Sad Sometimes For Y Combinator Companies That Get So Much Hype”

    The legendary mentor Vinod Khosla criticized accelerators like Y Combinator who produce startups with overly slick pitches that he says garner “so much hype that they get valuations that no one who will help the team are going to pay.” During his TechCrunch Disrupt talk, Khosla explained that the key role of early investors is not funding, but personal attention and guidance. Read More

  • Vinod Khosla Of Khosla Ventures: It’s Not About Funding The Company, It’s About Helping Them

    Vinod Khosla Of Khosla Ventures: It’s Not About Funding The Company, It’s About Helping Them

    Michael Arrington hopped on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF for a fireside chat with Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. The two discussed Khosla’s perspective on how companies within his firm’s portfolios get the most out of working with the team. Khosla is very passionate about assisting his companies with recruiting, even suggesting that talented folks send him their resume. Read More

  • Keen On with Peter Gardner

    Keen On … The Greatest Entrepreneurs Are Born To Deal With Failure (TCTV)

    Few people know failure better than venture capitalists. Even the most successful fail much more than they succeed and the best are those, like Vinod Khosla, who acknowledge that their successes are much rarer than their failures. Another venture capitalist well acquainted with failure is Peter Gardner, Managing Director of Wavepoint Ventures, a Menlo Park shop that primarily invests in… Read More

  • Khosla Ventures Is Raising, Like, A Billion Dollars

    Venture capital firm Khosla Ventures is raising $1 billion for its new fund, Khosla Ventures IV, an SEC filing reveals. From the looks of it, the new fund will be roughly the same size as the previous one (raised in September 2009). The news comes a few weeks after former YouTube and Facebook CFO Gideon Yu left the firm after joining them less than two years earlier, to go work for the San… Read More

  • Silicon Valley at a Cross Roads: Entertainment or Science?

    Silicon Valley at a Cross Roads: Entertainment or Science?

    I wrote a post Sunday about the difference between cultural waves in Silicon Valley and the individual companies that come out of them. Many of the individual companies survive but the wave itself always has to crash. That’s the nature of waves. But it’s also the nature of waves that another one always comes along. I have no idea what that will be. After all, the smartest people in… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla on the Potential of Green Technology

    Vinod Khosla: New CEOs Should Spend More Than 50% Of Their Time Recruiting (TCTV)

    Not one to shy away from bold and at times controversial statements, heavyweight investor Vinod Khosla took the stage at Disrupt this week and compared green tech innovation in Silicon Valley to Microsoft’s IE9 browser launch. No offense to Microsoft, but in this analogy Khosla was criticizing the Valley for its deficiency in game-changing technologies and its focus on incremental advances. Read More

  • Khosla Completes The VC Triumvirate At Disrupt

    In venture capital, there are three people who rule Silicon Valley: John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital, and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. All three will be speaking at Disrupt. (There are still a few tickets left). We’ve already mentioned Doerr and Moritz, and now we are pleased to announce that Khosla will be completing the triumvirate. Khosla, of… Read More

  • Interview: Vinod Khosla Is On The Hunt For Great Technologies

    In venture capital, Vinod Khosla likes to go his own way, which is why he’s been so successful. He was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, and then moved to venture capital and became a star partner at Kleiner Perkins, where he backed Juniper Networks, Cerent (sold to Cisco for $7 billion) and NexGen (sold to AMD and formed the basis for its challenge to Intel). About five years… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla, Risk Junkie

    I haven’t been much of a cleantech bull in the past, at least when it comes to venture capital investing. I think it’s a huge market, and there’s clearly a pressing social need. I just don’t quite think the science, government cooperation and economics are there yet for it to be a great opportunity for classic venture investing. Sure there’s low-hanging fruit, and… Read More

  • The 2009 List Of Tech Billionaires And How Much They Lost

    Forbes released its list of the world’s billionaires and it looks like the U.S. tech billionaires took a pretty hefty hit from the economic crisis. The 40 tech billionaires we identified on the list collectively lost $81.5 billion compared to their standing in last year’s list. That is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.4 trillion in net worth that disappeared from the… Read More