Title: Vinod Khosla on Failure Does Not Matter. Success Matters – Transcript
Speaker: Vinod Khosla, Founder, Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures
Event: Roanak Desai Memorial View From The Top Talk on May 1, 2015 at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Vinod Khosla – Founder, Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures
Interviewer: Vinod, thank you for being here today. Welcome back to the GSB.
Vinod Khosla: It’s always fun to be here. It’s a lot nicer than when I was here.
Interviewer: Yes, I’ve been hearing that quite a bit today, given the previous class here. I’m thrilled to be having this conversation. I was told that you scheduled your time in 15 minute slots. So we are taking up four of those slots right now. So, I’ll get right to it.
I have a few questions here, focusing on three things. Your leadership and management journey, your thoughts of investing and entrepreneurship and then a few questions on your personal life and legacy. After that, we’ll take a few questions from audience and from Twitter. As Dean Saloner mentioned, you were the founder and the first CEO at Sun Microsystems. About a year after you had started, you found out that Sun Microsystems was going to be shut out from a [keysym]. When you heard this, you got on a flight, got to the customer’s lobby and made phone calls refusing to leave until you met with the team. Where does this perseverance and conviction come from?