Bumbling to Greatness

Vinod Khosla is one of Silicon Valley's most respected pioneers. A graduate of India's Institute of Technology with an electrical engineering degree, Khosla failed at his first company which attempted to bring soy milk to the many homes without refrigerators in India. Then he came to Carnegie Mellon where he got his masters in biomedical engineering and soon after that to Stanford where he earned his MBA. It was in the valley that he co-founded Sun Microsystems and helped pioneer “open-systems” and RISC processors. Sun was funded by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers and in 1986 Khosla joined them. As a venture capitalist, Khosla has been involved in the early days of Excite, NexGen (sold to AMD), Cerent (sold to Cisco), Juniper Networks and many more firms. Today he continues his relationship with Kleiner Perkins and also runs his own firm which invests in early through late stage firms in technology and green.

In this video from Bambi Francisco’s excellent news network for entrepreneurs, Vator TV, Khoshla is honored for Vision by the non-profit SD Forum, and while doing so sets the record strait on the subject of Vision while inspiring the audience to get to bat and go big.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Contributing Editor, People Vince Thompson is a digital revenue consultant, author, speaker and host of the popular BNET show Dog and Pony. His firm Middleshift LLC helps Internet companies build revenue by creating advertising solutions and scaling sales efforts. He is based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter. Full Bio

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