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Vinod Khosla

The India born Venture Capitalist, Vinod Khosla is one of the most influential persons of the Silicon Valley. Vinod Khosla is in Forbes magazine's list of America's richest 400 people. Vinod Khosla is a world renowned venture capitalist. Vinod is revolutionizing communications. He rose into fame at the age of 27 when he co-founded the Sun Microsystems with a German student Andreas Bechtolsheim, who was a multi millionaire. Khosla ran the Sun Microsystems until 1984. In 1986, he joined in Kleiner Perkins as a general Partner. Vinod Khosla was among the first venture capitalist to visualize that a combination of internettechnology and fiber optics could make communications so fast, cheap and easy.

As a visionary, Khosla has played important role in starting and helping companies that are involved in the field ofmultimedia, semiconductors, video games, Internet software and computer networking. The biggest virtue of Khosla is that he doesn't just spread cash, but nurtures and supports beginners. Vinod Khosla has won accolades and admiration because of his ability to visualize business opportunities in right perspective. Khosla is not satisfied only in planning but takes active part in the implementation part as well. Vinod Khosla was instrumental in creation of Cerent Corp, juniper Networks, Viant, Extreme Networks, Lightera etc. Vinod Khosla is also one of the founding fathers of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Vinod Khosla was born in New Delhi in a family of army officers. He earned a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He attempted to start his own company but the venture failed. Vinod Khosla then went to the United States and earned his M. S. degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Carnegie Mellon and later did M B A from the Stanford University in 1979. Khosla was a big dreamer and ambitious from the very beginning. At the Stanford, Khosla found a business idea and partners from the Stanford Club. They founded a computer aided and design company- DaisySystems. Vinod deeply believes in closeness of family and lives in Woodside, CA with his wife and four daughters.

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