Sunday, July 23, 2006

Maybe I'm too late already...

Vinod Khosla, a well-known venture capitalist has ignited a fire under ethanol investing. Although long (68 minutes) this video of his presentation during a visit to Google in March is worth the investment of your time if you farm in the Midwest.
Vinod Khosla is a venture capitalist considered one of the most successful and influential personalities in Silicon Valley. He was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in 1986. In 2004 he formed Khosla Ventures.

On Wednesday, March 29th, by invitation from our co-founders and CEO, our special guest, Vinod Khosla, visited Google to deliver a tech talk about the emergence of ethanol as a viable, market ready, and competitive source of renewable energy.

His presentation has been making huge waves in the investor, policy, and business communities and we are privileged to have had him take time to talk to us about the tremendous potential for ethanol's explosion into the market.
I think information like this is important because as I posted below, the ethanol bandwagon is turning into a juggernaut that will be controlled by very large amounts of invested capital. What was striking to me were his ideas about ag policy and what my life as a farmer should be like.

Because we have insisted on goverment (public) involvment in our lives, we may learn that we also gave the public the right to change our lives to fit their visions - not ours.

Keep an eye on the idea of a "cheap oil tax" to set a floor under petroleum prices.

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