Khosla Ventures

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Khosla Ventures
Industry Private equity
Founded 2004
Founder Vinod Khosla
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, United States
Products Venture capital
Total assets $1.3+ billion

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.


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: Tapingo,, Amyris, Bloom Energy, DB Networks, EcoMotors, GreatPoint Energy, Panzura, SeaMicro, Cogenra Solar,, Relcy and Thync. [7][8]

As of October 2015, Khosla Ventures is one of the five largest and most active investors in the space sector, which has had over US$10 billion of private capital invested in it since 2005.[9]


  1. ^ Lacy, Sarah (July 3, 2009). "Vinod Khosla, Risk Junkie". TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ "Bloomberg Businessweek Profile". 
  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. 
  7. ^ "Relcy Is Building A PageRank-Style Mobile App Search Engine With $9M From Khosla And Sequoia". TechCrunch. 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Darrell, Larry (9 October 2014). "Thync Raises $13 Million In Funding Led By Khosla Ventures; Combines Neuroscience And Consumer Tech". Bidnessetc. 
  9. ^ Nordrum, Amy (2015-10-09). "Space Advocate Makes Business Case For Private Company Exploration Of Extraterrestrial Resources". International Business Times. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 

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