E708: Filmed at Upfront Summit 2017! Vinod Khosla on his journey from entrepreneur to VC, early days at Sun Microsystems, changing the trajectory of the internet, advice to founders & investors, future of cleantech, AI & job growth

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Filmed at the Upfront Summit 2017, Jason sits down with legendary entrepreneur-turned-investor, Vinod Khosla. In 1980, Vinod co-founded Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. In 1982, he made his early fortune as one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, and in 1987, he switched gears to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he gained huge recognition and appreciation as a venture capitalist. He is also widely known for launching Juniper Networks, a company which is believed to be the next Cisco. Currently, he is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Join us as Vinod Khosla shares his inspiring story of mistakes, lessons learned, and advice for entrepreneurs building technology-based businesses.

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Timestamps:

01:08: Jason introduces his guest, Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures: a 30-year vet of venture capital and entrepreneurship.

01:44: The inspiration for Daisy Systems

02:31: Vinod’s first meeting with an investor for Sun Microsystems

05:44: Vinod joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a general partner for about 20 years.

07:42: The early days of VC in the 1980s

11:00: Moment of clarity for the future of the internet

13:36: The changing trajectory of the internet with Juniper Networks

17:13: What makes you a better entrepreneur?

22:28: Legacy of Steve Jobs

24:56: Successful firms take radical risks

28:40: Investing in clean energy

29:45: The importance of focusing on tech-driven fundamental change that is beneficial for humanity

31:54: AI & job growth predictions

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