Samir Kaul

Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures LLC

Samir Kaul

Samir Kaul

Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

Codon Devices, Inc.
Epitome Biosystems, Inc.
Khosla Ventures LLC

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2882

Number of Boards

39

Birthday

1974

Age

45

Interests

Sports, Travel, Reading, Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Philanthropy

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Founder at Khosla Ventures LLC

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Founder & Director at Coskata, Inc.

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Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Pullstring, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Pullstring, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Coskata, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Stion Corp.

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Director, President & Chief Executive Officer at Amyris, Inc.

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Investor at Snapchat

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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Guardant Health, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Pymetrics, Inc.

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Samir Kaul
Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures LLC
Education
Master of Science in Biochemistry
Class of 1997

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. The University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the State’s primary center of research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise. The University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the State, the region, the nation, and beyond. As the flagship of the University System of Maryland, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with businesses, government, and other educational institutions. The University counts among its greatest strengths -- and a major component of its excellence -- the diversity of its faculty, students, and staff. The University of Maryland, College Park is committed to equal educational opportunity and strives to hire a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement through affirmative actions, to celebrate diversity in all of its programs and activities, and to recruit and retain qualified graduate and undergraduate minority students.

Master of Business Administration

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

Bachelor in Biology

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

Career History
Founding General Partner
2006 - Current

Khosla Ventures seeks opportunities to help build companies at all stages of development with a significant technology or business model innovation. Sectors of particular interest include mobile, alternative energy and bio refineries, as well as new markets or contrarian approaches to existing markets. Investments range from $100,000 to over $20 million.

Co-Founder
2003 - Prior

Helicos BioSciences Corp. is a life sciences company focused on innovative genetic analysis technologies and the monetization of those technologies and related intellectual property. The company was founded by Stanley N. Lapidus, Stephen D. Quake and Noubar B. Afeyan on May 9, 2003 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Partner
2002 - 2007

Flagship Pioneering focuses on investments in the following sectors: (1) therapeutics (2) life science tools and diagnostics and (3) bioenergy and clean technology. The firm looks for companies with exceptional management teams and significant commercial opportunities resulting from market discontinuities or technology breakthroughs. Flagship Ventures typically serves as lead investor. The majority of their investments are seed or first round investments. Initial investments range from $250,000 to $5 million, with typically initial investments ranging from $2.5 million to $4 million. Flagship Ventures may invest up to $15 million to $20 million over the life of a venture and typically forms syndicates that include other venture capital firms

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2019 - Current

Tarana Wireless™ offers the first universal small cell backhaul solution that meets all mobile carrier requirements and supports every line of sight (NLoS, nLoS, LoS) operation enabling deployment anywhere small cells are located. It has created a new paradigm that is changing how mobile carriers deploy and manage small cell IP network backhaul to meet the exploding demand for high capacity and coverage.

Independent Director
2014 - Current

Guardant Health, Inc. is a precision oncology company, which engages in provision of precision oncology testing and development services. It focuses performing blood tests, vast data sets, and advanced analytics to conquer cancer. The company was founded by Helmy Eltoukhy and AmirAli H. Talasaz in 2012 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

Independent Director
2006 - Current

Coskata, Inc. operates as a biology-based renewable energy company that designs proprietary microorganisms and transformative bioreactor. Its novel synthesis gas fermentation technology platform converts various feedstocks, such as woody biomass, agricultural residues, municipal wastes, natural gas, and other carbon-containing materials into ethanol. The company was founded in July 2006 and is headquartered in Warrenville, IL.

Member Leadership Council
Current

TIPPING POINT COMMUNITY RAISES MONEY TO SUPPORT SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN NEED.

Political Donations
$1,000
2009

President at Zach Wamp Consulting

Transactions
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KHOSLA VENTURES SEED, L.P. raised money in a private placement transaction

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KHOSLA VENTURES IV, L.P. raised money in a private placement transaction

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KHOSLA VENTURES V, L.P. raised money in a private placement transaction

Investments
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Philz Coffee, Inc. manufactures drip coffee packets. The firm offers its own specialized blends of coffee along with a customized and personal customer service experience. The company was founded by Phil Jaber in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Cilion, Inc. is a renewable fuel company that converts corn into ethanol to power cars and trucks. The company was founded in May 2006 and is headquartered in Goshen, CA.

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Codon Devices, Inc. produces pharmaceuticals and biorefineries for the production of industrial chemicals and bio-energy. The firm designs and constructs biological components such as enzymes, biopharmaceuticals, and cell lines for improved function. Its customers include the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and agriculture sectors. The company was founded by Noubar B. Afeyan, George Church, Drew Endy, Joseph M. Jacobson and Jay Keasling in 2004 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Events
Speaker
Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
2013 Fortune Brainstorm GREEN

Speaker
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel-Dana Point, CA
2013 Fortune Brainstorm GREEN

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