Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems; Founder, Khosla Ventures
A leading venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla is the co-founder of Daisy Systems and founding Chief Executive Officer of Sun Microsystems. Khosla pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. He became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in 1986 and has mentored many entrepreneurs in building technology-based businesses. In 2004, he started his own firm, Khosla Ventures. He is an advocate of clean energy and supported the campaign to pass California's Proposition 87. Born in 1955 in India, Khosla was determined to pursue technology as a career since his early teens. Khosla was educated at the IIT Delhi, Carnegie Mellon University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.