It is important to use time to get deep expertise, Khosla notes. You need to go much deeper in understanding technology--a bachelor's degree is not enough and will be irrelevant in another 10 years. If you have a goal of entrepreneurship in mind, you must go deep in an expertise in order to advance your career.
But it's important especially during this time when time isn't the premium, money is the premium and you don't have money, you have time. To use that time to get as deep expertise as possible. I don't recommend especially if you're going into technology to go start a company with a bachelor's. I think the bar is much higher and you need to go much deeper in understanding technology and understanding markets and businesses. I would suggest that whether it's further education, which I am a big, big believer of. I actually don't think bachelor's is adequate for anything in today's world and will definitely be irrelevant 10 years from now. The deep expertise is important. The same is true in terms of jobs. If you get jobs and look for jobs. If you have a goal of entrepreneurship in mind you want to go deep and understand things more than advance a career.
An interview with Vinod Khosla on Entrepreneurship for Stanford University students, on April 24, 2002. Vinod Khosla, partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug early in life when he heard about Intel starting up. He was enamored by the idea of being able to start your own company. Intel served as as a great role model, he says.
Vinod grew up dreaming of being an entrepreneur. He was raised in an Indian Army household with no business or technology connections. When, at age 16, he first heard about Intel, he dreamt of starting his own technology company.
Upon graduating with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he tried to start a soy milk company to service the many people in India who did not have refrigerators. He then came to the US and got his Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. His startup dreams attracted him to Silicon Valley where he got an MBA at Stanford University in 1980.
In 1982, Khosla started Sun Microsystems to build workstations for software developers. At Sun he pioneered "open systems" and RISC processors. Sun was funded by long time friend and board member John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
In 1986 he switched sides and joined Kleiner Perkins where he was a general partner. There, he worked with Nexgen/AMD, Juniper, Excite, and many other ventures.
In 2004, Khosla formed Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of their ideas in both traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile, and silicon technology arenas but also supports breakthrough scientific work in clean technology areas such as bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, battery and other environmentally friendly technologies.
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Last Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2008
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