The Story of Vinod Khosla: The Venture CapitalistJanet Rangi
Vinod Khosla is an Indian engineer who is based in America with a net worth of about $1.5 billion according to Forbes magazine. He is a self-made billionaire who has acquired his wealth from the early stages of his life and continues to pursue business. At the age of 62, he has built himself an empire and is well known for his achievements.
Early life and education
Khosla started reading on the founding of Intel at am the age of 14 which got him interested in technology. He was a student at the Mount St Mary’s school in Delhi, India. He later received degrees from several universities and a master’s degree at Stanford graduate school of business.
In the year 1982 he co-founded the Sun Microsystems alongside his fellow classmates and he served as the chairperson from 1982 to 1984 before he left to be a venture capitalist. In 1987 he joined the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Venture Company and become quite recognized as a venture capitalist.
He played a big role in the tech world and was involved with Dynabook, Broadband office, Asera, and many others which were termed as failures. He had investments in several other industries where he put his input as an entrepreneur.
In the year 2004, he started his own venture capital firm called Khosla ventures. The firm has its headquarters at Menlo Park, California. It manages over $1 billion in investments aside from Vinod’s own investments.
In 2009 he started a fundraiser which raised over $750 million that was used in traditional early stage and the stage of the growth of companies; he raised another $250 million for Khosla seed. The company has also invested in other industries like HackerRank.
Vinod Khosla has several other achievements. He was part of the founding partners of the Daisy Systems in 1981. He has received the award of the entrepreneur of the year in the region of Northern California. He was the Honorary Chair of the Donor Choose advisory board and is a member of the board of trustees of the Blum center for developing economies. He is also an advisor of the HackerRank Company.