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"Gevo" redirects here. For the GEVO locomotive, see GE Evolution series. Vinod Khosla Born January 28, 1955 (1955-01-28) (age 56) Delhi, India Education IIT Delhi, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford Graduate School of Business Occupation Venture capitalist, Khosla Ventures Net worth $1.4 billion (2011)[1] Spouse Neeru Children Nina, Anu, Vani and Neal Vinod Khosla (विनोद खोसला (Devanagari), ਵਿਨੋਦ ਖੋਸਲਾ (Gurmukhi); born January 28, 1955) is an Indian-born American venture capitalist and an influential personality in Silicon Valley. Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he would serve as its first CEO & Chairman in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he would remain through the early 2000s. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures, which focused on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology. He is also known for his witty but controversial statements, for example: "If it doesn't scale, it doesn't matter. Most of what we talk about today—hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, solar photovoltaics, geothermal—I believe are irrelevant to the scale of the problem."[2] Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 2.1 Khosla Ventures 2.2 Other accomplishments and affiliations 3 See also 4 References 5 External links 5.1 Speeches Early life and education Khosla's father was in the army and was posted at New Delhi,[3][4] India. He read about the founding of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times at the age of fourteen and this inspired him to pursue technology as a career. Khosla went on to receive degrees from the IIT Delhi, India (Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering ), Carnegie Mellon University (Masters in Biomedical Engineering), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA). Career After graduating from Stanford University in 1980, Khosla co-founded[citation needed] electronic design automation company Daisy Systems. Then in 1982, Khosla co-founded Sun Microsystems (SUN is the acronym for the Stanford University Network), along with his Stanford classmates Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, and UC Berkeley computer science graduate student Bill Joy. Khosla served as the first Chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems from 1982 to 1984, when he left the company to become a venture capitalist. In 1986, Khosla joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a general partner. At Kleiner, Khosla became a recognized venture capitalist, with several successful early stage investments. Khosla also played a key role with several of the tech industry's most spectacular failures, including Asera, Dynabook, and others.[citation needed] He also invested in an Indian Microfinance NGO, SKS Microfinance, which lends small loans to poor women in rural India. Khosla is also one of the founders of TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of The Economic Times(ET), a leading business newspaper in India. Khosla was featured on Dateline NBC in May 2006 where he discussed the practicality of ethanol as a gasoline substitute.[5] He is known to have invested heavily in ethanol companies, in hopes of widespread adoption. He cites Brazil as an example of a country that has ended its dependence on foreign oil.[6] Khosla was a major proponent of the "Yes on 87" campaign to pass California's Proposition 87, The Clean Energy Initiative, which failed to pass in November, 2006. In 2006, Khosla's wife Neeru co-founded the CK-12 Foundation that aims to develop open source textbooks and lower the cost of education in America and the rest of the world. Khosla and his wife are also donors to the Wikimedia Foundation, in the amount of $500,000.[7] Khosla Ventures Main article: Khosla Ventures In 2004 Khosla formed his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures. The firm is based in Menlo Park, California [8] and manages approximately $1 billion of investor capital as well as investments funded by Khosla himself.[9] In September 2009, Khosla completed fundraising for two new funds, to invest in cleantech and information technology start-ups. Khosla Ventures III secured $750 million of investor commitments to invest in traditional early stage and growth stage companies. Khosla also raised $250 million for Khosla Seed, which will invest in higher-risk opportunities. In May 2010 it was announced that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was to join Khosla Ventures to provide strategic advice regarding investments in technologies focused on the environment.[10] Other accomplishments and affiliations In addition to his role in founding Sun Microsystems, Khosla has been involved in the founding of a number of other businesses and organizations. Khosla was also involved with the founding of Daisy Systems in 1981.[citation needed] He is also one of the founders of TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of Economic Times (ET), a leading business newspaper in India.[citation needed] Khosla was a finalist for the 1999 World Technology Award and served as the Honorary Chair of the DonorsChoose San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board.[citation needed] In addition, Khosla is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley.[11] The Center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.[12] See also Khosla Ventures Range Fuels Virgin Green Fund References ^ "Forbes 400 #308 Vinod Khosla". Retrieved 2010-03-09.  ^ "Khosla: Crazy clean-tech ideas yield breakthroughs". CNET. September 24, 2008 4:00 AM PDT.  ^ "Vinod Khosla Biography". Retrieved 2010-03-09.  ^ "Vinod Khosla Biography". Retrieved 2010-03-09.  ^ A simple solution to pain at the pump?. Dateline NBC, May 7, 2006 ^ Venture capitalist a techie at heart October 15, 2006 ^ Cadelago, Chris (August 24, 2008). "Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-08-24.  ^ Khosla Ventures (company website) ^ The Economist, "Brain scan: Betting on green", 12 March 2011, pp. 22–23. ^ Khosla Ventures piles up $1 billion for green tech. cnet news, September 1, 2009 ^ "Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies". 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-11-29.  ^ External links Making cement while sequestering carbon, Issue 127, July 2008; Retrieved 2008-07-20. From geeks to greens. The Economist, Feb 28, 2008 Vinod's presentations, papers Press release about significant gift to Wikimedia Foundation (which runs Wikipedia) Speeches Fear, Greed and Sky Diving, Khosla speaks at Stanford Vinod speaks to Google employees about ethanol on March 29, 2006 Vinod Khosla Charlie Rose, 22 Sept. 2006 v · d · ePrivate equity and venture capital investors Investment strategy Buyout · Venture · Growth · Mezzanine · Secondaries History History of private equity and venture capital · Early history of private equity · Private equity in the 1980s · Private equity in the 1990s · Private equity in the 2000s Investor types Private equity investors · Venture capitalists · Corporate raiders Preceded by first CEO of Sun Microsystems 1982–1984 Succeeded by Scott McNealy Preceded by first Chairman of Sun Microsystems 1982–1984 Succeeded by Scott McNealy Persondata Name Khosla, Vinod Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Pune, Maharashtra, India Date of death Place of death