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Vinod Khosla wears many hats and excels in all of them – entrepreneur, investor and technologist. The realization of all these endeavors started when he was just 16 years old, a time when he heard about Intel and when he started dreaming about his own technology company.

He is a well-educated man with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. But why become an employee when you can become your own boss? And thus Khosla co-founded Daisy Systems and the Sun Microsystems where he became chief executive officer.

He soon left Sun Microsystems to join Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) as a general partner where he made significant contributions. He established Khosla Ventures, an organization that focuses on social impact and for-profit investments.

Indeed, Khosla’s dedication for advancing nascent technologies with beneficial social and economic impact continues to drive his successes in various areas of his career.

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Born on January 28, 1955 to an Indian Army officer, Vinod Khosla began his path towards entrepreneurial success at the age of 14, when he read an article about the creation of Intel in a magazine. This inspired him to pursue a technology-related career, and went on to obtain several IT and Engineering degrees in IIT in Delhi, India, Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Right after finishing his studies, Khosla worked for the Daisy Systems for two years. He then co-founded the Sun Microsystems, and served as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board during the early 1980s. He became a general partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, a venture capital company, in the early 2000s, and eventually founded his own company, Khosla Ventures in 2004. It focused primarily on venture investments on a wide array of technology sectors, with great emphasis on clean technology. His company became a massive success, propelling Khosla to the summits of the industry, with a net worth of over $1.4 billion as of 2012.