Khosla Ventures

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Khosla Ventures
Type Private
Industry Private equity
Founded 2004
Founder(s) Vinod Khosla
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, United States
Products Venture capital
Total assets $1.3+ billion
Website www.khoslaventures.com

Khosla Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on early stage companies in the Internet, computing, mobile, silicon technology and clean technology sectors that was founded by Vinod Khosla.[1][2]

The firm is based in Menlo Park, California and manages approximately $1.3 billion of investor capital as well as earlier funds funded by Khosla.

History[edit]

The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, a former general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The firm's first two investment vehicles were funded with Khosla's own personal capital and were not open to institutional investors. In March 2009, Pierre Lamond became General Partner.[3] In December 2009, Khosla completed fundraising for two new funds, to invest in cleantech and information technology start-ups.

Khosla Ventures Fund III secured $1 billion of investor commitments to invest in traditional early stage and growth stage companies. Khosla also raised $300 million for Khosla Seed, which will invest in higher-risk opportunities and science experiments.[4] The firm has invested in bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, wind, battery, engines, LED, HVAC efficiency and other environmentally friendly technologies.[5][6] The company focuses on technology risk based investing in very large markets.

Some companies funded by Khosla Ventures include: Amyris, Bloom Energy, DB Networks, EcoMotors, GreatPoint Energy, Panzura, SeaMicro and Snip.it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lacy, Sarah (July 3, 2009). "Vinod Khosla, Risk Junkie". TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ "Bloomberg Businessweek Profile". Businessweek.com. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Matt (3 March 2009). "Pierre Lamond, the VC who scared the YouTube guys, joins Khosla". VentureBeat. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Khosla Ventures piles up $1 billion for green tech. cnet news, September 1, 2009
  5. ^ Venture Firm’s ‘Green’ Funds Top $1 Billion. New York Times, August 31, 2009
  6. ^ Wauters, Robin (May 19, 2011). "Khosla Ventures Is Raising, Like, A Billion Dollars". TechCrunch. 

External links[edit]

  • Company website
  • Khosla Ventures' YouTube channel, containing talks, lectures, seminars, interviews and other educational materials by many startup founders, CEOs and other business executives to help entrepreneurs in building a company, hiring productive employees (including executives, managers and individual contributors), dealing with venture capitalists, maintaining a corporate culture that fosters employee innovation and creativity, etc