Vinod Khosla on How to Build the Future

Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies.

Previously he was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

How to Build the Future is hosted by Sam Altman –



00:00 – Vinod’s intro

00:40 – A zero-million-dollar company vs a zero-billion-dollar company

3:50 – What percentage of investors in Silicon Valley are good long-term company builders?

4:20 – Who has earned the right to advise an entrepreneur?

6:20 – Which risk to take when

6:50 – Helpful board members

7:45 – Who to trust for what advice

10:30 – First principles thinking and rate of change

12:30 – Evaluating a candidate in an interview

13:45 – How much should a founder have planned and how ambitious should a founder be?

16:00 – Recruiting great people

18:30 – Building a phenomenal early team

19:50 – Being generous with early employee equity

26:30 – Gene pool engineering –

26:48 – The art, science, and labor of recruiting –

27:50 – How founders should think about investors

30:30 – Doers vs pontificators

31:30 – What does Vinod want to do in the next ten years?

31:40 – Reinventing Societal Infrastructure with Technology –

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