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Vinod Khosla is an Indian-American businessman and venture investor who was born on January 28, 1955. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures and a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Forbes ranked him among the 400 wealthiest persons in the United States in 2014. He was ranked No. 353 on the Forbes 400 list in 2020. He has been involved in a judicial battle since 2010 over his efforts to cut off public access to Martin’s Beach. Khosla’s father served in the Indian Army and was stationed in New Delhi. Mount St Mary’s School was his alma mater. As a youth, Khosla read about Intel’s creation in Electronic Engineering Times, which spurred him to pursue technology as a profession. He graduated from IIT Delhi with a BTech in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s in biomedical engineering, and Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA.
Khosla worked at Daisy Systems, an electrical design automation start-up, after obtaining his MBA at Stanford in 1980. (founded January 1981). With Stanford classmates Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, and UC Berkeley computer science graduate student Bill Joy, Khosla co-founded Sun Microsystems (SUN is an abbreviation for Stanford University Network) in 1982. From 1982 to 1984, Khosla served as the company’s first chairman and CEO before leaving to work as a venture capitalist. Khosla became a general partner of the venture capital company Kleiner Perkins in 1986. Khosla rose to prominence as a venture investor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he made numerous successful early-stage investments. He also invested in SKS Microfinance, an Indian microfinance firm that provides modest loans to underprivileged women in rural India. Khosla is also one of the founders of TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of India’s The Economic Times. Khosla Ventures was created by him in 2004. In May 2006, Khosla appeared on Dateline NBC to explore the feasibility of using ethanol as a gasoline alternative. He is reported to have made significant investments in ethanol firms in the goal of achieving universal acceptance. Khosla was a significant supporter of the “Yes on 87” campaign in California, which failed to pass Proposition 87, The Clean Energy Initiative, in November 2006. Neeru Khosla, Khosla’s wife, co-founded the CK-12 Foundation in 2006 with the goal of developing open-source textbooks and lowering the cost of education in the United States and throughout the globe. Khosla and his wife have also made a $600,000 donation to the Wikimedia Foundation. He was ranked No. 353 on the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest individuals in 2020.
In 2004, Khosla Ventures, his own venture capital business, was founded. The business is situated in Menlo Park, California, and manages about $1 billion in investor cash as well as Khosla’s own investments. Khosla finished fundraising for two new funds to invest in cleantech and information technology start-ups in September 2009. Khosla Ventures III has raised $750 million in pledges from investors to invest in conventional early-stage and growth-stage businesses. Khosla also secured $250 million for Khosla Seed, a venture capital firm that would invest in higher-risk ventures. In May 2010, it was reported that Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, will join Khosla Ventures to give strategic advise on investments in environmental technology. HackerRank was also backed by Khosla Ventures. Khosla was engaged in the creation of Daisy Systems in 1981, as well as a number of other enterprises and organisations. Khosla serves on the DonorsChoose San Francisco Bay Area advisory council as honorary chair.Khosla was awarded the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award in 2000. In 2007, Khosla received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Northern California area. Khosla is on the board of trustees of the University of California, Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies.
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- Name: Vinod Khosla
- Date of Birth: 28 January 1955
- Age: 66 Years
- Birth Sign: Aquarius
- Nationality: American
- Parents: NA
- Siblings: Bikky Khosla
- Birth Place/City: New Delhi, India
- Profession: Businessman
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