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Book Recommendations for Entrepreneurs - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Date: 10/22/2008
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): Vinod Khosla
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: What should innovators and financiers be reading to round out their education? Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, shares favorites from his library, some of which wrangle with issues of social entrepreneurship. Titles
include The Black Swan, The Purple Cow, How to Change the World, and Banker to the Poor.

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Book Recommendations for Entrepreneurs - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: What should innovators and financiers be reading to round out their education? Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, shares favorites from his library, some of which wrangle with issues of social entrepreneurship. Titles
include The Black Swan, The Purple Cow, How to Change the World, and Banker to the Poor. Watch More
Broad Environmental Solutions Require Brawny Change - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: Oil and coal account for 65-70 percent of our carbon emissions, followed by the carbon footprint of coal and steel, and these materials are among the most detrimental to the health of the planet, says Khosla Ventures founder Vinod
Khosla. And too often, feel-good environmentalism gets in the way of truly solving the climate crisis. Khosla claims that most of what green-thinking activists do to try to help the environment is a mere gesture toward the planet, and that
real solutions are going to require broader, more entrepreneurial, strokes of innovation. Watch More
Emerging Energy Solutions Must Compete on Price - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: Forget every argument and industry lobby previously put forward regarding the evolution of green energy alternatives. For Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, if a technology doesn't meet the "Chindia test" - meaning that it
is cheaper than the current status quo in China and India - then it is not a viable, scalable, and cost-effective long-term alternative. Anything that will uproot the global reliance on oil or coal must be less expensive, else it will never
gain traction in the global marketplace. Watch More
Problem-Solving Paradigm - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: Take a big problem, apply the best minds to its prospects, add the fuel of entrepreneurial energy and a touch of capitalist greed, and one has the perfect recipe for solving any social, environmental, or cultural dilemma, says
Khosla Ventures' Vinod Khosla. Mere good intentions are not enough to invoke real change. But the course of industry can only be altered when all angles of the problem-solving pyramid are in place. Watch More
Shaping the Future with Entrepreneurship - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, predicted that the emergence of free long distance phone calls would be free, and that the large telecoms' reliance on those profits would make them fall like a deck of phone cards. But
Khosla also uses this turn of events as a case study in entrepreneurship, exemplifying it as a demonstration that forward-thinking business investment is the best forerunner of the future. Watch More
Stock Prices Are Irrelevant - Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Vinod Khosla
10/22/2008
Summary: The market is an unimportant, artificial system, says Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, and he encourages entrepreneurs and thinkers to stop paying attention to its crests and troughs. Though the Dow may be down, what's
far more important is the flow of user demand, which historically, says Khosla, always remains constant, and is a far greater indicator of long-term success. Watch More

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