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Siraj Raval  interviews Vinod Khosla in the latest edition of his podcast.

Vinod Khosla is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and Philanthropist. It was an honor to have a conversation with the Silicon Valley legend that I’ve admired for many years. Vinod co-founded Sun Microsystems over 30 years ago, a company that grew to over 36,000 employees and invented so much foundational software technology like the Java programming language, NFS, and they pretty much mainstreamed the ‘idea’ of open source. After a successful exit, he’s been using his billionaire status to invest in ambitious technologists trying to improve human life. He’s got the coolest investment portfolio I’ve seen yet, and in this hour long interview we discuss everything from AI to education to startup culture. I know that my microphone volume should be higher in this one, I’ll fix that the next podcast. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

Time markers of our discussion topics below:

2:55 The Future of Education
4:36 Vinod’s Dream of an AI Tutor
5:50 Vinod Offers Siraj a Job
6:35 Choose your Teacher with DeepFakes
8:04 Mathematical Models
9:10 Books Vinod Loves
11:00 What is Learning?
14:00 The Flaws of Liberal Arts Degrees
16:10 Indian Culture
21:11 A Day in the Life of Vinod Khosla
23:50 Valuing Brutal Honesty
24:30 Distributed File Storage
30:30 Where are we Headed?
33:32 Vinod on Nick Bostrom
38:00 Vinod’s Rockstar Recruiting Ability
43:00 The Next Industries to Disrupt
49:00 Vinod Offers Siraj Funding for an AI Tutor
51:48 Virtual Reality
52:00 Contrarian Beliefs
54:00 Vinod’s Love of Learning
55:30 USA vs China

Vinod’s ‘Awesome’ Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STtAsDCKEck

Khosla Ventures Blog posts:
https://www.khoslaventures.com/blog/all

Books we discussed:

Scale by Geoffrey West:
https://amzn.to/2rs7UV7

Factfulness by Hans Roesling:
https://amzn.to/2GHUlgg

Mindset by Carol Dwicke:
https://amzn.to/2icCNey

36 Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis:
https://amzn.to/2ol14Vi

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari:
https://amzn.to/2amA7J5

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari:
https://amzn.to/2PKIJZY
 
The Third Pillar by Raghuram R:
https://bit.ly/2ASU98K

Zero to One by Peter Thiel:
https://amzn.to/2ae3NTM

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