Cleantech Still Holds an Allure for Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures’ performance numbers don’t look bad considering its heavy allocation to clean technology. But the firm hasn’t really sold much. It’s hanging on to stakes in now-public biofuel companies and most of best performing investments are still private.

Metamarkets’ Mighty Round, Khosla on as Advisor

Metamarkets, the big data analytics firm, just completed a $15 million fundraising led by new investor Khosla Ventures. Existing investors, including IA Ventures and True Ventures, also participated in the round. Vinod Khosla will join the company as an advisor. The second round of funding for Metamarkets brings its total funding to $23 million. PRESS […]

Top 10 HUB Posts Focus on Silicon Valley Uniforms, Macho PE Fundraisers and Secrets to Tweaking Your IRR

It’s Friday. Time to catch up on stories you might have missed during a busy week. Following are the peHUB posts that garnered the most unique pageviews from our regular readers between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2.

ONE: The Uniforms of Silicon Valley, a Slideshowby Connie Loizos
TWO: Quien Es Mas Macho? A Slideshow of the Top 5 U.S. PE Funds this Yearby Luisa Beltran
THREE: Four Ways to Finesse Your Way into the Top Quartileby Joanna Glasner
FOUR: Most Active VC firms in October: Slideshowby Alastair Goldfisher
FIVE: Slideshow: Maine Reveals Bite Taken By Fees, Expensesby David Toll
SIX: Venture Backed IPOs Feel The Pain, But Some Stay Above Waterby Mark Boslet
SEVEN: Court Backs Subpoenas Of Castle Harlan Over Quick Flipby Bernard Vaughan
EIGHT: Slideshow: European PE Performance First Half 2011 – by Angela Sormani
NINE: Parish Capital Hands Keys to StepStoneby Gregory Roth
TEN: When the Majority Is Wrongby Larry Cheng


The Uniforms of Silicon Valley, a Slideshow

Black Friday, Cyber Monday: the U.S. has once again kicked its consumption into high gear. But if Silicon Valley’s elite spends lavishly on clothing, you can bet it bet it will be understated. It’s the Silicon Valley way. And why? Because fashion takes time and effort, people, and no one wants to be accused of […]

Khosla Ventures Raises $1B Cleantech And Internet Fund: UPDATE

Vinod Khosla is said to have has closed a new $1.05 billion fund that will enable his firm, Khosla Ventures, to continue its cleantech as well as Internet and mobile investing. (Update: The new fund, Khosla Ventures IV, along with a vow not to follow the herd but to originate new areas, was announced in […]

Rearden Commerce Nets $133M, Buys

American Express, JPMorgan Chase and Citi joined together to provide Rearden Commerce, the e-retailer with $133 million in development capital, some of which was used to acquire, a daily deals site. Specifics of the acquisition were not publicized. Other Rearden include Vinod Khosla and Oak Investment Partners.

Week’s Top 10 Posts Focus on Self-Loathing VCs, UC’s IRRs and Odd Gifts to CalPERS’ Staffers

Time to catch up on the stories your colleagues found most compelling on peHUB this week. Here are the top 10 posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from Sept. 12 to this morning, Sept. 16.

ONE Sequoia’s Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Meby Connie Loizos
TWO Top 10 IRRs from University of California’s Mid-Decade Venture Binge (Slideshow)by Mark Boslet
THREE Slideshow: Dealt a Bad Hand?by Jonathan Marino
FOUR Vinod Khosla: ‘I Don’t Much Like the Venture Profession’by Connie Loizos
FIVE VC Icon Tom Perkins Takes Swipe at Kleiner Perkins’ Big Bets on Cleantechby Sarah McBride, Reuters
SIX Slideshow: Venture Capital’s Biggest Flopsby Joanna Glasner
SEVEN AOL Makes It Official: Arrington Is Out (slideshow)by Lawrence Aragon
EIGHT Slideshow: 16 Alleged CalPERS Gift-Violators Face Finesby Gregory Roth
NINE Study: Need a Fast Flip? Don’t Change the Management Teamby Connie Loizos
TEN Thiel and Levchin Offer ‘Blueprint’ for Solving Innovation Crisisby Joanna Glasner

Khosla Ventures Adds Andrew Chung From Lightspeed

Khosla Ventures said it added Andrew Chung as the firm’s sixth investing partner, joining founder Vinod Khosla, Samir Kaul, Pierre Lamond, Shirish Sathaye, and David Weiden. Chung, formerly with Lightspeed Venture Partners, will focus on cleantech and information technology. Chung’s hire follows the departure of Alex Kinnier and Jim Kim earlier this year. PRESS RELEASE […]

Vinod Khosla: “ I Don’t Much Like the Venture Profession”

Vinod Khosla is on stage right now at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, shamelessly working to appeal to the entrepreneurs who are either in attendance or watching a live stream of his “fireside chat,” with TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld. To distance himself from the pack, he’s just said that “I object to being […]

Reuters Exclusive: Khosla Loses 2 Partners; Alex Kinnier to Do Startup, Jim Kim’s Plans Unknown

(Reuters) – Partners Jim Kim and Alex Kinnier will depart Khosla Ventures Aug. 15, leaving the firm short of two partners just months after it said it was raising a $1.05 billion fund, Reuters has learned.

Both specialized in renewable energy, a focus of Khosla Ventures, but one that has been slow to reap big returns.

Kinnier will start his own company, a move founding partner Vinod Khosla called “standard.” It was unclear what Kim intends to do upon leaving the venture capital house, which has backed Jawbone-headset makers Aliph and biofuels company Kior.

“Junior folks join for three years typically and then start companies,” he wrote to Reuters in an email. “We have our core set of five partners and though we don’t preclude junior partners becoming senior partners, we expect the majority of them to leave to

Khosla Joins Board at Dorsey’s Square

(Reuters) – Renowned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is joining the board of Square, a company headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey that allows consumers to pay for goods using their mobile phones. Menlo Park, California-based Khosla Ventures led Square’s initial $10 million venture round in 2009 and participated in its second $27.5 million round this […]

Social Scene: Khosla to Give Away Half of Fortune, Kvamme Moving to Columbus (Huh?), Bussgang Hangs with SEAL Team 6, More

In this week’s Social Scene, Eric Schmidt is building fancy new digs for his personal VC firm; Joanna Rees has convinced Reid Hoffman, Marc Pincus and others to back her bid to be mayor of San Francisco; Vinod Khosla says he will donate half of his fortune to charity; Mark Kvamme is moving to Ohio (seriously!); Jeff Bussgang hangs with the famed SEAL Team 6, Robert Simon, Eric Wright and Katja Gehrt all have birthdays coming up, and more.

Schmidt in building mode

Onetime Google CEO Eric Schmidt is building out the “entire top floor” of a building in downtown Palo Alto, Calif., for his personal investment firm, Tomorrow Ventures, reports Peter Delevett of the San Jose Mecury News.

Delevett spoke to a commercial real estate broker who speculated

Newly Minted Web Entrepreneur Attracts VIP Vinod Khosla

Earlier today Vinod Khosla tweeted cryptically while on vacation: “Thinking clear: professor was swimming naked in river. He was getting out as a boat of undergrads went by. He wrapped it around his head.” Khosla hasn’t taken to writing poetry. Instead, he was promoting London-based, a startup whose subscribers will receive a free, daily email featuring a […]

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