Prominent Indian- Mr. Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla (born 28-01-1955) is an Indian American billionaire engineer, businessman and venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, & the founder of Khosla Ventures. 

Khosla Ventures as the name itself suggests is a Venture Capital Fund, whereas Sun Microsystems is a company that had created the Java programming language and Network File System (NFS).

Vinod is also known to be as the world’s No.2 ranked Venture Capitalist, and was also among the first venture capitalists to understand that Internet Technology and Fiber Optics had the potential to make communications so fast, cheap and easy.

Vinod's father was an officer in the Indian Army and was posted at New Delhi, India. He attended Mount St Mary's School. Khosla read about the establishment of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times as a teenager, and this inspired him to pursue technology as a career. He did a B.Tech in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, a master's in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Now Daisy Systems found in 1980, was a company that manufactured computer hardware and software for the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry, including schematic capture, logic simulation, parameter extraction and many other tools.

Sun Microsystems Inc

After giving it a lot of thought and exploration, Khosla finally started Sun Microsystems along with his Stanford classmates Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, and UC Berkeley computer science graduate student Bill Joy in 1982. The name ‘SUN’ was not the real sun, but the short name for the Stanford University Network.

As most of us in the business world already know, Sun Microsystems Inc. was nothing but a company that sold computers, computer software, computer components, and information technology services which were more inclined towards the software developers.

Venture Capitalism

To begin with; Vinod joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a General Partner in 1987. During this stint and over the period of time; the daring yet wise risk-taker that he was, Vinod had managed to gain huge recognition and appreciation as a venture capitalist. This was mainly due to his range of successful initial stage investments.

Some of these included Asera, Dynabook, BroadBand Office, Excite@Home, Viant, Extreme Networks, Lightera, SKS Microfinance – the Indian microfinance company that lends small loans to poor women in rural India, and many others.


    Received the Global Indian of the Year Award by ET Awards
    Received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California (2009)
    Received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Northern California region (2007)

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