Tonight: Khosla on technology, environment


This information was submitted by Nina Nowak, communications director for the Peninsula Open Space Trust.

Venture capitalist and "green" entrepreneur Vinod Khosla of Portola Valley will discuss the intersection of technology and the environment in a talk at 8 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Khosla will be in conversation with KQED radio host Michael Krasny. The program is part of the annual Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, presented by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and sponsored by Bill and Jean Lane of Portola Valley.

The founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, Mr. Khosla subsequently joined the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Menlo Park.

In 2004, he founded Khosla Ventures. Last year, he raised $1.1 billion for two venture funds that finance companies specializing in alternative energy, energy efficiency, new materials and information technology.

Among the companies Khosla has backed is Calera, which makes cement using CO2 as a feedstock. Another company, Kior, produces crude oil from biomass with the aim to reduce carbon emissions and petroleum imports.

POST's lecture series is named for the late Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Stanford University professor and protector of the West's open land. Media sponsor for the series is Embarcadero Media, publishers of The Almanac, the Palo Alto Weekly, and the Mountain View Voice.

The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation sponsors Mr. Khosla's appearance. Previous speakers this year were farmer and author David Mas Masumoto and travel writer Paul Theroux.

Tickets are available at $22 each through the box office of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, (650) 903-6000 or online at

Proceeds from the series help support POST's protection of local open space land.

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