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September 2, 2009 | Todd Woody
In a sign that green technology investing is bouncing back, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures said Tuesday that it had raised $1.1 billion to spur development of renewable energy and other clean technologies. It is the biggest first-time fund in a decade and comes as venture capital investment in green technology is just beginning to recover from a precipitous fall prompted by the global economic collapse last fall. In the first half of the year, investments in green tech plunged to $513 million from $2 billion in the first six months of 2008, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Khosla Ventures is adding to its roster of top Internet executives with the addition of Ben Ling, a veteran of Google, Facebook and YouTube. Ling, most recently the chief operating officer at Badoo, has joined the venture capital firm to invest in Internet companies, he said in an interview Thursday. Khosla has been cleaning up on talent lately. Keith Rabois, the former chief operating officer at Square, recently joined the firm. Rabois, one of Silicon Valley's best known and most accomplished executives and investors, resigned from Square after accusations of an improper relationship with a colleague emerged.
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May 25, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The green technology movement in Silicon Valley landed an international name Monday when Khosla Ventures said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would join the venture capital firm as a senior advisor. Khosla Ventures, the Menlo Park, Calif., firm founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, made the announcement at its summit for limited partners in Sausalito. Blair will advise Khosla Ventures portfolio companies on public policy. Khosla is currently investing $1.1 billion in tech firms, including so-called clean technology.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Spray-on solar panels, power beaming down from outer space and gasoline-like fuel made from bacteria. Sound far-fetched? Maybe, but these and other futuristic concepts for producing power are being taken seriously in scientific, business and academic circles. Some have even raised millions in funding. This is the dream era for green technology, when even concepts that sound wildly innovative or insane ? depending on who's describing them ? are getting attention. "People who aren't afraid to take chances in completely uncharted waters sometimes succeed beyond their wildest dreams and turn the world on its head," said industrial designer and entrepreneur Richard Alan Hales.
NEWS
January 15, 2008
Alternative fuels: An article in Business on Monday about General Motors Corp.'s plan for alternative-fuel vehicles described Vinod Khosla as a principal in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Khosla left that firm in 2005 and now heads his own firm, Khosla Ventures.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Khosla Ventures is adding to its roster of top Internet executives with the addition of Ben Ling, a veteran of Google, Facebook and YouTube. Ling, most recently the chief operating officer at Badoo, has joined the venture capital firm to invest in Internet companies, he said in an interview Thursday. Khosla has been cleaning up on talent lately. Keith Rabois, the former chief operating officer at Square, recently joined the firm. Rabois, one of Silicon Valley's best known and most accomplished executives and investors, resigned from Square after accusations of an improper relationship with a colleague emerged.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
After holding acquisition talks with Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc., one of the Internet's most talked-about start-ups, Foursquare, has decided to remain independent and has raised a big chunk of cash from a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The New York company, which lets people "check in" at bars, restaurants and other hangouts via their smart phones, raised $20 million in a second round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz that valued the company at $95 million, general partner Ben Horowitz said in an interview.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Spray-on solar panels, power beaming down from outer space and gasoline-like fuel made from bacteria. Sound far-fetched? Maybe, but these and other futuristic concepts for producing power are being taken seriously in scientific, business and academic circles. Some have even raised millions in funding. This is the dream era for green technology, when even concepts that sound wildly innovative or insane ? depending on who's describing them ? are getting attention. "People who aren't afraid to take chances in completely uncharted waters sometimes succeed beyond their wildest dreams and turn the world on its head," said industrial designer and entrepreneur Richard Alan Hales.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Altra Inc., a Los Angeles-based biofuel company, said it received $50 million in financing from a group of private investors including venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, a founder of Sun Microsystems. Altra, founded in 2004 as Malibu Capital Partners Inc., acquires and develops projects using renewable energy, including ethanol and biodiesel. The investors are Khosla Ventures, Angeleno Group, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omninet Private Equity and Sage Capital Partners.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2006
Ethanol production company Cilion Inc. said it raised more than $200 million in a second equity round of financing to build plants to produce the biofuel. Cilion was formed in June with a partnership between Western Milling, one of California's largest grain milling companies, and venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Joining the partnership in funding Cilion was Virgin Group's new Virgin Fuel business as well as Yucaipa Cos. and Advanced Equities Inc., Goshen, Calif.-based Cilion said.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
After holding acquisition talks with Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc., one of the Internet's most talked-about start-ups, Foursquare, has decided to remain independent and has raised a big chunk of cash from a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The New York company, which lets people "check in" at bars, restaurants and other hangouts via their smart phones, raised $20 million in a second round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz that valued the company at $95 million, general partner Ben Horowitz said in an interview.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The green technology movement in Silicon Valley landed an international name Monday when Khosla Ventures said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would join the venture capital firm as a senior advisor. Khosla Ventures, the Menlo Park, Calif., firm founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, made the announcement at its summit for limited partners in Sausalito. Blair will advise Khosla Ventures portfolio companies on public policy. Khosla is currently investing $1.1 billion in tech firms, including so-called clean technology.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2009 | Todd Woody
In a sign that green technology investing is bouncing back, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures said Tuesday that it had raised $1.1 billion to spur development of renewable energy and other clean technologies. It is the biggest first-time fund in a decade and comes as venture capital investment in green technology is just beginning to recover from a precipitous fall prompted by the global economic collapse last fall. In the first half of the year, investments in green tech plunged to $513 million from $2 billion in the first six months of 2008, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
NEWS
January 15, 2008
Alternative fuels: An article in Business on Monday about General Motors Corp.'s plan for alternative-fuel vehicles described Vinod Khosla as a principal in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Khosla left that firm in 2005 and now heads his own firm, Khosla Ventures.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time.   Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2010 | By Todd Woody
French nuclear energy giant Areva has jumped into the U.S. renewable energy market with the acquisition of Ausra Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., solar power plant start-up. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Areva executive Anil Srivastava said the sale price was in line with the $418 million that rival Siemens of Germany spent last year to acquire Solel Solar Systems, an Israeli solar power plant builder. That would be a decent payday for Ausra's investors, which include Silicon Valley venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures.
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