Adoption risk and 'optionality'

Vinod Khosla (right)

VC legend Vinod Khosla (right) gave a keynote this morning in which he outlined the green investment philosophy of his firm, Khosla Ventures. He feels its important to focus on large scale businesses like building materials, construction, automobiles, fuel and other constituencies that deal with very large quantities of materiel and energy. He especially likes fields where there are a number of ways to improve current practice, which he calls ‘optionality.’

Khosla’s firm also looks very closely at the adoption risk of technologies that they back. For example, hydrogen-powered cars have a huge adoption risk because of the infrastructure that would have to be built ahead of the market, where technology like improvements to diesel engines are much easier for users to adopt. He also cautions against ‘fads’ like hybrid cars. Very interesting preso…


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Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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