#107 - Vinod Khosla and Sam Altman
Published January 9, 2019
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    Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Previously he was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

    How to Build the Future is hosted by Sam Altman.

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    Topics

    00:30 - Vinod’s intro

    01:20 - A zero-million-dollar company vs a zero-billion-dollar company

    4:20 - What percentage of investors in Silicon Valley are good long-term company builders?

    4:50 - Who has earned the right to advise an entrepreneur?

    6:50 - Which risk to take when

    7:20 - Helpful board members

    8:15 - Who to trust for what advice

    11:00 - First principles thinking and rate of change

    13:00 - Evaluating a candidate in an interview

    14:15 - How much should a founder have planned and how ambitious should a founder be?

    16:30 - Recruiting great people

    19:00 - Building a phenomenal early team

    20:20 - Being generous with early employee equity

    27:00 - Gene pool engineering

    27:18 - The art, science, and labor of recruiting

    28:20 - How founders should think about investors

    31:00 - Doers vs pontificators

    32:00 - What does Vinod want to do in the next ten years?

    32:10 - Reinventing Societal Infrastructure with Technology

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