“Over two decades ago, I figured AI would force us to rethink what it means to be human. That is happening; I am optimistic the human experience will be made only richer.”
–Vinod Khosla, Dec 2023
In 2000, The New York Times profiled Khosla for his revolutionary thinking around the future of computing and artificial intelligence. Now 23 years later, he continues to be one of the most profound influences in AI and beyond.
Disruptive innovation has been Khosla’s focus for the last 40 years. His own companies, Daisy Systems and Sun Microsystems, pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors that have enabled unprecedented innovation, scaling, and competition. Later, at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), Khosla played a crucial role in incubating monopoly-busting companies like Nexgen and Juniper Networks.
In 2004, he founded Khosla Ventures, the first firm to invest in OpenAI. Their portfolio also boasts other groundbreaking companies like Block, Bionaut Labs, Guardant, and more, focusing on impactful technology investments in software, AI, robotics, 3D printing, healthcare, and other meaningfully disruptive fields.
One of the most prolific investors and thought-leaders of our time, Khosla has called himself an “optimist and a technology possibilist,” determined to leverage technology as a force multiplier in societal infrastructure, climate, health, and resources. He is deeply devoted to social entrepreneurship; his wife Neeru shares this passion as Executive Director of the CK-12 Foundation, which uses open-source software to create free educational materials for students worldwide.
Both his AI prescience and enthusiastic tenacity in changing the world for good echo the very core of our 2024 “Here Comes the Sun” theme, and we are honored to welcome him back to the ASU+GSV community.