Vinod Khosla Summary

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures; a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and digital technology companies. Vinod was a co-founder of Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. The company went on to achieve significant revenue, profits and an IPO. He also was the founding CEO of standards-based Sun Microsystems, where he built workstations for software developers and pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

During his tenure at Sun Microsystems, Vinod worked closely with board member, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB); he eventually joined KPCB. While there, he played a crucial role in taking on Intel’s monopoly by building and growing semiconductor company, Nexgen, which eventually was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Nexgen/AMD was the only microprocessor to have significant success against Intel. Thereafter, Vinod helped incubate the idea and business plan for Juniper Networks to take on Cisco System’s dominance of the router market. He also was involved in the formulation of the early advertising based search strategy for Excite. In addition to his many other contributions at KPCB, he helped transform the moribund telecommunications business and its archaic SONET implementations with Cerent Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $7.2 billion.

Vinod also is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals that was founded in 1992 with more than 40 chapters in nine countries today. He is a founding board member of the Indian School of Business (ISB). Vinod holds a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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