The final pieces of the Data Summit SF have finally come together. We’ve got the venue, the guests, the food, the drinks and an amazing line up of speakers. And now we’ve got the cherry on top! We’ll be closing the Summit with none other than Technology Titan Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and head of his own fund Khosla Ventures. He’ll be joined on stage by Ryan Lawler from TechCrunch who will grill him on his controversial views on the future of data. Before you are wow-ed on stage on the 30th, lets take a quick look back in time and see what makes a super successful tech legend!
The Technology Maverick
“If everyone played it safe, we wouldn’t get anywhere.”
– Vinod Khosla
Vinod was born in Dehli, India in 1955 to a family who knew little about technology – I know it’s tough, but try to imagine a world before Google. It was hard to imagine back then that he would soon become one of the most successful founding revolutionaries, ranking among Forbes’ 400 richest people in America and widely regarded as one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. Yeah, he’s a pretty impressive guy.
In 1979 Vinod received his MBA from Stanford and just 3 years later founded Sun Microsystems along with fellow Stanford grads Andy Bechtolsheim and Scott McNealy, and Berkley grad Bill Joy. Vinod served as CEO and Chairman of Sun until 1984, when he left to try his hand at venture capital at Kleiner Perkins. Sun was purchased by Oracle for $7.4 billion in early 2010.
From L-R: Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, Andreas Bechtolsheim and Scott McNealy
In 2004, Vinod took the plunge and created his own VC fund Khosla Ventures, which is focused on early stage companies in the Internet, computing, mobile, silicon technology and clean technology.
Renowned for his “Go big or go home” attitude, Vinod is quoted as saying:
“Solving all the world’s problems within some reasonable time frame like 20 years is relatively simple.”
Guess we had better get cracking!
What you’ll learn in this talk:
Vinod will be joined on stage by the Senior Editor at Techcrunch, Ryan Lawler, for a mind boggling fireside chat to dig into macro trends in data that are shaping the next generation of BI and Analysis.
Vinod is renowned in the industry for his controversial views, sending shock waves through the tech industry when he stated that machine learning would replace doctors in the health sector. Ryan will pepper Vinod with questions to find out how exactly he believe big data will affect industries, employment, and the world of VC funding.
With companies like Ayasdi and Climate Corporation in his portfolio of investments, he’s the perfect person to shed light on this much discussed and debated area. An astute optimist with a lot to say, this talk will NOT be one to miss. So grab yourself a ticket and head on down to the Data Summit to catch all the action!