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Rated 2.7 / 5.0 by 25
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 2004 based out of Menlo Park, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION:

TEAM MEMBERS: David Weiden, Samir Kaul, Vinod Khosla,

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Vinod is about Vinod

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-13

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"VK" is brilliant, and can be very charming, but VK is about VK.

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The Arrogance of Power at Khosla Ventures

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Virtualpro on 2007-06-19

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Khosla Ventures speaks of a willingness to reach a settlement respecting Virtual Pro's rights in technology in which it is interested. While employing the services of Fenwick & West to crush these rights in a legal assult employing every procedural trick, attempting to outspend a small enterpreneurial company into submission.

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Prompt Engagement and Decision

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by mdog on 2007-05-08

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While disappointed that our concept wasn't interesting to Khosla for funding, we did get prompt engagement, discussion, and decisions from Samir Kaul.

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Big Thinkers, Very Hard to Work With

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-30

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Went down to the alter with these folks and glad we didn't get married.

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Car Phone: Screaching Tires

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-11

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Pitched Mr. Ford Tamer --

I have been the CEO of 5 start-ups, so I have been horsed around by the big boys more than a few times.....but this is a classic.

Pitched him while he was on a speaker fone, in the car, had not read the exec summary, had not looked at the power pt - wind noise was high, conversation garbled, questions repeated, totally distracted, no continuity -- it ends with the following -

We are very interested, please send me all your patent filings so I can show them to your competitor to see if he thinks your technology will work --- I told him fine, no problem, the pre-money is 85M and then I heard a scream, crashing glass, squealing tires and then silence....

You gotta love America.

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Will Not Do Business with Them Under Any Circumstances

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-10

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very negative experience

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Well Connected, Tough Terms

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29

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Strong team, big pockets, not easy to deal with

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Taking Risks that Others Wont Take?

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-05

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With so many investments and so few partners its hard to see how KV adds any value. Science experiments (read 'early stage ventures') need hands on support from partners with relevant domain expertise. Read the CV's and there is none of that here. An occassional and casual board appearance simply doesn't cut it. And when the early valuation gets driven into the dirt (wait till you negotiate with KV) there is little equity left to make founders want to get out of bed each day.

Here is a greedy and thinly spread strategy that simply doesn't work. With no successes and now using Calpers pensions to throw good money after bad seems so disrespectful to those hardworking Americans whose lifetime saved pensions were so hard won.

Adding value to an investment requires so much more than simply creating hype.

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Worst Experience

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by voyager1 on 2013-12-11

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My company just pitched to dozens in VCs in the valley. We received substantial backing from numerous establish VCs.

Looking back, my worst experience was with Euan at Kholsa. He was very late to the meeting, and he had to leave early too. In addition, he spent the entire meeting on his cell phone, occasionally looking up to murmur off things about Kholsa's rigid theses. He went on and on about how we didn't send him our deck ahead of time.

At least he gave us a curt pass email after the meeting -- and another forced request for us to send over our full deck.

I've spoken with many other credible startups that have pitched to Euan / Kholsa. It sounds like this is a pattern. Under no circumstances will we ever take money from these guys. Also, I hear that Vinod is a holy terror.

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Kv Team

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by anon on 2009-05-15

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Doug Cameron still at KV? If not, anyone know why, where?

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