Samir Kaul is the Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures. He serves as a Board Member at Vicarious Surgical. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Calera as well as Sakti3. Previously, he was a member of Flagship Ventures, a venture capital firm, from 2002 to May 2006. Prior to Flagship, he worked at The Institute for Genomic Research. He currently serves on the board of directors of Amyris and on the boards of directors of several private companies. He focuses on sustainability investing including food and agriculture. He has been a leading investor in Hampton Creek Food, Sand Hill Foods, OSCAR Health, Soraa and View, among many others. A number of Samir's investments have achieved significant results including Ausra (acquired by AREVA) and NanoH20, acquired by LG Chem.
Healthy Food and Beverage companies, working with health influencers, with an eye for long-term behavior change, rather than the most recent fad.
Not Interested In
I co-invest with top tier leads in a bunch of categories that I know very little about - so I just listen to other signals. Most of these areas I am not interested in directly - such as pharma, medical devices, social media apps and marketplaces. I'm not interested in ideas - we all have lots of those - but rather entrepreneurs building defensible companies.
Entreprenuer, boater, and philanthropist. Studied @yale. Incubation projects in Haiti, USA.
I have been a technology investor in Silicon Valley since the 1980's. I started investing in semiconductors, but along the way, I've also invested in consumer electronics, fintech, cloud services, digital photography, IoT, biotech, bicycle components and impact investing. I have been lucky to work with many talented entrepreneurs who put their hearts and souls into realizing their vision for the future, while creating thriving businesses at companies like Intacct, Bill.com, BigFix, HireRight, WebTV, Lexar Media, Microchip Technologies and many others. Specialties: IoT, Software-as-a-Service, Business Freemium, Cloud Applications, Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications, Autism Employment
Consumer technology that is reimagining the way we live. This includes how we shop (commerce infrastructure, creative shopping experiences, and digital native consumer brands), where we live (real estate, transportation/micro-mobility), and how tech can improve our health and wellness (fertility/reproductive health, aging, and mental health)
Investing in Energy • CleanTech • Impac... Toronto, Ontario , To..., Canada
• Span (Alternative Energy Equipment):
$20020000 (Later stage VC)
• Clir Renewables:
$5350000 (Early stage VC)
• FIBOS Canada:
$700000 (Seed Round)
Toronto, Ontario - Toronto, Canada, Canada
Energy • CleanTech • Impact • Material Science • Mobility
Tom is Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures (Fund I and Fund II) - a privately-backed venture fund focussed on delivering next-generation clean technology at scale - and author (third book: Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis - out now).Tom has a strong entrepreneurial background, including the founding of Voice Courier Inc. in 1991 and leading its expansion to more than 100 employees in three countries. He then founded VCi Green Funds, a private venture fund to provide angel and venture capital to companies developing emission-reduction technologies. Tom is an Action Canada fellow (2007-08 - manager/member for/of the Green Bonds public policy team). Tom was co-developer/owner of Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel in downtown Toronto.Tom speaks and writes about the need to make a quick transition to a low-carbon economy, and is frustrated at the lack of an adult conversation about the danger and immediacy of the upcoming climate storm.Tom first book “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World” (EcoTen Publishing) was the winner of the WhitePine NonFiction award 2010. Tom's second book Waking the Frog (ECW Press) was published spring, 2014 and quickly became a Canadian bestseller. His third - The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis - out now, winner of Axxiom Silver Medal, Economics 2021.Tom has a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MSc from the University of London, and MA and PhD Degrees from the University of Toronto.
Village Capital is a nonprofit that operates business accelerator programs for game-changing entrepreneurs worldwide. Village Capital also operates an affiliated investment fund that invests capital using a unique peer selection model where the entrepreneurs themselves choose who will receive catalytic funding in their cohort. Village Capital recruits entrepreneurs focused on innovation in a particular geographic area (e.g. Brazil, New Orleans, East Africa) or a specific sector (e.g. mobile, energy, education). A select group of approximately 15 entrepreneurs goes through a 12-week program focused on building their businesses. The curriculum covers: (1) customer discovery/development, (2) team-building, (3) product refinement, (4) financials, and (5) scaling and impact, and (6) exit strategy. At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs vote on the top ventures to receive Village Capital's pre-committed capital. In the past four years, Village Capital has launched seventeen programs worldwide, supporting over 275 entrepreneurs. Participants have raised $30 million, created over 5,000 jobs, and served 4 million customers.