Vinod Khosla is a venture capitalist considered one of the most successful and influential personalities in Silicon Valley. He was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and is currently a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he has been since 1986.
Khosla's career motivations began when reading about the founding of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times at the age of sixteen. Khosla went on to receive degrees from the IIT Delhi, India (Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering ), Carnegie-Mellon University (Masters in Biomedical Engineering), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA).
After graduating from Stanford University in 1979, Khosla along with his Stanford fellows Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim (another Carnegie Mellon University graduate school alumnus), and a UC Berkeley masters degree holder named Bill Joy founded Sun Microsystems. Khosla left Sun in 1985. Khosla is also one of the founding fathers of The Indus Entrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of Economic Times (ET), a leading business newspaper in India.