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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Vinod Khosla. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Vinod Khosla, often where they are interviewed.

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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Vinod Khosla. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Vinod Khosla, often where they are interviewed.

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20VC: Vinod Khosla on What Venture Assistance Really Means, Why Many VCs Are Not Qualified To Advise Founders & Why Startups Can Innovate So Much Faster Than Incumbents

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Vinod Khosla is the Founder @ Khosla Ventures, one of the valley’s most renowned firms of the last decade with a portfolio including Square, Affirm, DoorDash, Impossible Foods and OpenDoor just to name a few. As for Vinod, he started his career as a Founder, founding Daisy Systems, a company that went on to IPO. Then in 1982, Vinod founded Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. In 1986, Vinod joined his longtime friend, John Doerr and became a General Partner @ KPCB where he helped incubate Juniper Networks and helped transform the telecommunications business with Cerent Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $7.2 billion.

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Vinod made his way into the world of startups with the founding of Daisy and Sun Microsystems and how that led to his entry into the world of venture with KPCB and ultimately founding Khosla Ventures?

2.) How does Vinod feel about the term "venture assistance" today? Where does Vinod believe VCs can really drive value? How does Vinod allocate his time to drive as much value for the portfolio as possible? How does Vinod get involved when it comes to talent acquisition for the portfolio?

3.) Why does Vinod believe that most board members are not qualified to advise entrepreneurs today? Why does Vinod believe that most value is driven outside of the board? What can founders to do make their boards as efficient as possible? How does Vinod advise founders to determine which advice to take vs which to disregard?

4.) How does Vinod assess his own approach and attitude to risk today? What does Vinod believe are acceptable vs unacceptable risks in startups? How does Vinod believe the very best founders think about risk management? Does Vinod agree time is the biggest killer of startups? Why does Vinod believe startups are so much quicker to innovate than incumbents?

5.) Why does Vinod believe that tolerance for failure has gone down in Silicon Valley? How does Vinod determine between the realism of when something is not work and to give up vs the visionary persistence to see a project through to the very end? What experience of his own have really led his thinking here?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Vinod’s Fave Book: Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum BiologyThe Third Pillar

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Feb 24 2020 · 36mins
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Vinod Khosla | Siraj Raval Podcast #4

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Vinod Khosla is a Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and Philanthropist. It was an honor to have a conversation with the Silicon Valley legend that I've admired for many years. Vinod co-founded Sun Microsystems over 30 years ago, a company that grew to over 36,000 employees and invented so much foundational software technology like the Java programming language, NFS, and they pretty much mainstreamed 'idea' of open source. After a successful exit, he's been using his billionaire status to invest in ambitious technologists trying to improve human life. He's got the coolest investment portfolio I've seen yet, and in this hour long interview we discuss everything from AI to education to startup culture. Enjoy!


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Oct 07 2019 · 1hr

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The Beach is Closed: Patrick G. Ryan and Vinod Khosla

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Your hosts are back with another hot track. This time, we talk about The Baker Center for Leadership and Governance's 2018 poll on American confidence in social institutions. You'll never guess who Americans trust the most (just kidding, you'll probably guess). This leads us into some discussion of how philanthropy works as a conservative strategy intent on reproducing the status quo. Then we talk about Patrick G. Ryan, founder of AON insurance and we muse on the fact that commercial insurance is a financial prerequisite for modern infrastructure as we know it. Our second billionaire is Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Khosla's Twitter bio reads "entrepreneurship zealot, grounded technology possibilist, believer in the power of ideas." We don't know what that means, but it apparently underwrites his belief that he can seize public land for his private use, as he did with Martins Beach in California.
Mar 24 2019 · 47mins
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#107 - Vinod Khosla and Sam Altman

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Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Previously he was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

How to Build the Future is hosted by Sam Altman.



00:30 - Vinod’s intro

01:20 - A zero-million-dollar company vs a zero-billion-dollar company

4:20 - What percentage of investors in Silicon Valley are good long-term company builders?

4:50 - Who has earned the right to advise an entrepreneur?

6:50 - Which risk to take when

7:20 - Helpful board members

8:15 - Who to trust for what advice

11:00 - First principles thinking and rate of change

13:00 - Evaluating a candidate in an interview

14:15 - How much should a founder have planned and how ambitious should a founder be?

16:30 - Recruiting great people

19:00 - Building a phenomenal early team

20:20 - Being generous with early employee equity

27:00 - Gene pool engineering

27:18 - The art, science, and labor of recruiting

28:20 - How founders should think about investors

31:00 - Doers vs pontificators

32:00 - What does Vinod want to do in the next ten years?

32:10 - Reinventing Societal Infrastructure with Technology

Jan 09 2019 · 35mins

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#117: Transforming an Industry with Vinod Khosla

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In this week’s episode of StartUp Health NOW, Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, speaks with Steve Krein, CEO of StartUp Health, about how entrepreneurs will transform health and wellness, while offering insight into how venture capitalists think about health innovation.

GUEST: Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures
HOST:Steven Krein, StartUp Health
LOCATION: StartUp Health Festival, San Francisco, CA
Apr 19 2017 ·
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How technology will reinvent healthcare with Vinod Khosla & Chrissy Farr

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On this episode of Sequenced, Vinod Khosla, renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, sits down with CNBC’s Chrissy Farr to discuss how technology will reinvent healthcare as we know it.

Apr 09 2017 · 28mins
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EP 577: Vinod Khosla, Others Invest $600k+ In Ex-Intuit Founder Providing Financing Against Invoices with Numberz CEO Aditya Tulsian

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Aditya Tulsian. He launched and led multiple small business focused software service and mobile offerings at Intuit India. He’s also a management consultant at Diamond Consultant which is now PWC. He’s a product manager. He’s got an MBA and he’s doing very big things especially in the SMB SaaS space.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Good to Great
  • What CEO do you follow? –  Brad Smith
  • Favorite online tool? — Slack
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— 7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Adi just wished that he could have taken the chance earlier

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:07 – Nathan introduces Adi to the show
  • 01:45 – Adi’s company is Numberz
  • 02:14 – Half of Numberzrevenue comes from their SaaS model and half is from commission
  • 02:35 – One of Numberzcustomers is NH1 Design
    • 03:05 – How NH1 Design uses Numberz
  • 03:50 – Numberz has receivable financing
  • 04:15 – Numberz has 2 pricing plans
  • 05:00 – Average customer pay annually is $185-195
    • 05:26 – Transaction fee is 2% of every transaction that is done in Numberz’ platform
  • 07:00 – Adi was a business head in Intuit India
  • 07:18 – Adi shares why he made the jump
    • 07:35 – Adi has a design agency and they’re stable financially
  • 08:13 – First year revenue
  • 09:20 – 2016 total revenue
  • 09:33 – Numberz has more than 5,500 customers
  • 10:02 – Average MRR
  • 10:45 – Numberz’ paying customers is 1,200
  • 12:15 – Adi shares Numberz’ growth
  • 12:50 – MRR starting 2017
  • 13:27 – Numberz has 3 channels of acquisition to get customers
  • 14:20 – Numberz is spending $150 CAC
  • 16:32 – Team size
  • 16:38 – Numberz’ location is in India
  • 16:51 – Numberz has raised capital
    • 17:23 – Total is $750K
  • 17:35 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  • Taking the leap from corporate is more possible with financial stability.
  • Having 2 streams of revenue for your business can increase your growth faster.
  • Take the chance earlier – opportunities pass you by way too easily.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel
  • Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to the quality of Toptal
  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible.
  • Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books.
  • The Top Inbox  – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • Jamf – Jamf helped Nathan keep his Macbook Air 11” secure even when he left it in the airplane’s back seat pocket
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
Feb 21 2017 · 20mins
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Studio 1.0 - Vinod Khosla

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Khosla Ventures Founder Vinod Khosla joins host Emily Chang on Bloomberg Studio 1.0 to discuss his investment strategy.

Oct 31 2016 · 24mins
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How to Succeed Personally & For Society with Vinod Khosla

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Today we have a great conversation with Silicon Valley Legend Vinod Khosla, co-founder of sun Microsystems and subsequently Khosla Ventures. 

Vinod has run Khosla ventures since 2004, prior to that Vinod spent time at the VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Vinod studied engineering in India and at age 20 failed to start a soy milk company. After receiving degrees from in Electrical Engineering from IIT New Delhi, Biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Vinod started Sun Microsystems in 1982 which eventually sold to Oracle for over $7 Billion. 

Lets listen into Vinod Khosla interviewed in Silicon Valley by Startup Grind’s founder Derek Andersen. 

Jun 13 2016 · 33mins
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#68: Investing in Healthcare Moonshots – Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

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Vinod Khosla, entrepreneur, investor, technologist and founder of Khosla Ventures, talks about how he is breaking the mold for venture capital investing, what makes an entrepreneur successful, harnessing the network effect and the power behind storytelling.

GUEST: Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures
HOST: Steven Krein, StartUp Health
LOCATION: StartUp Health Festival, San Francisco, CA
Breaking the Mold for Venture Capital Investing
What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur
The Power of Storytelling
Mar 16 2016 ·