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November 10, 2008

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vinod Khosla to lecture on business and the environment Nov. 17

Leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla will deliver the annual Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Bishop Auditorium at the Graduate School of Business.

Described by Fortune magazine as "one the nation's most influential ethanol advocates," Khosla will focus his talk on business and the environment. The lecture is free and open to the Stanford community. A reception will follow.

Khosla earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, a master's in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Stanford in 1980. Upon graduation, he co-founded Daisy Systems and Sun Microsystems. In 1986, he became a general partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 2004, he founded Khosla Ventures, which invests in renewable and alternative energy technologies.

The von Gugelberg Fund promotes an environmental ethic among students and alumni of the Graduate School of Business. The MBA Class of 1987 established the lecture series and a memorial fund in memory of von Gugelberg (1957-1988), a classmate known for his commitment to environmental protection.

The lecture is hosted by the Business School's Center for Social Innovation and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. To register online, visit



Barbara Buell, Graduate School of Business: (650) 723-1771,

Mark Shwartz, Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 723-9296,

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