Keynote Address


Vinod Khosla Lee Lynd

Vinod Khosla, a prominent venture capitalist, is enthusiastic about alternative fuel technologies and has invested in ethanol technologies that produce fuel out of switch-grass, wood chips and other plant byproducts.

Khosla, who is considered one of the most successful and influential personalities in Silicone Valley, earned an MBA from Stanford in 1980 and went on to co-found Sun Microsystems with Scott McNealy, Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim. Sun Microsystems pioneered such internet technology as network servers and the programming language Java. Khosla then became a partner at Kleiner Perkins, a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm famous for its early investments in AOL, Amazon, Compaq and Google. Khosla began his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures, in 2004, which offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs interested in extending the potential of the Internet to new markets such as mobile, and supporting breakthrough scientific work such as biorefineries.

Khosla is co-chairing a ballot initiative to get California to add an oil extraction tax. California is the only major oil producing state that doesn't have this sort of a tax. He sees the tax as raising $4 billion dollars over 10 years for petroleum reduction efforts, like FFV's and plug-in hybrids.

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