Bring It On

Change depends on unreasonable people. Don’t assume–analyze. Brutal honesty trumps hypocritical politeness. Have courage. Build companies instead of cutting deals. Thrive on technological risk. Ignore the nonsense of conventional wisdom. People matter. Care about genuine issues: a healthy environment. Sustainable power. Free information. Go for GREAT, not just good. Be willing to fail but aim for revolutionary success.


Khosla Ventures is a venture assistance firm run by people who listen to, analyze and advise entrepreneurs. We manage a main fund that supports early and late-stage investments and a seed fund for developing very early-stage experiments. We focus on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, who helped turn a computer science project into Sun Microsystems.


Our Focus And Mission: Assisting Entrepreneurs

We assist great entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting
significance.

Knowing and Doing What it Takes to Foster Winners

We are in the company-building business, not the “deal” or “capital” business.

We have a history of leveraging relationships to build teams, attract partners and customers and then–together–build billion dollar businesses.

We are active partners who do everything we can for our companies and have not forgotten how to hustle. We get our hands dirty.

Strategic Advice, Creative Ideas

We opine on and sometimes help refine business plans.

We love working together to turn something good into something great. Are we working to protect against the worst that can happen? Are we leveraging the upside? Are we planning for assets as well as liabilities?

When good isn’t good enough, we help you think outside the box, and we help you change the rules.

Every business goes through pivotal moments – cave on a term or lose a customer, cancel the product line or keep it in market, make a key hiring decision. We have made most of these mistakes before ourselves. Now, we can help or find someone in our portfolio who can help you think through what to do.

A direct, straightforward style

We prefer brutal honesty to hypocritical politeness.

We seldom vote against management teams in our board roles, but we can have strong opinions. We will challenge you without confronting you. Once we pick a management team, we back it and don’t second-guess it.

We are less about sweet talk and more about helping you build a business. We are definitely not about controlling ownership in your business.

"I have set aside the idea of being called a venture capitalist, because I am not in the financial business. I am in the venture-assistant business. My goal is to be the best assistant there is for anybody trying to build a large, technology-oriented company."

— Vinod Khosla