Meet the Champions of Clean Tech

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Vinod Khosla

Khosla Ventures has become almost synonymous with clean tech and renewable energy. Dubbed Mr. Clean Tech, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has backed more than 40 start-ups and public companies in the sector, sinking a considerable chunk of his own change into struggling alternative fuel operations like Amyris, Gevo, and KiOR. But Khosla is sticking by his guns--or rather, his ideals. Clean tech start-ups are operating in “humongous markets,” and while “disruptive technologies” are often associated with greater risk, they also hold possibility of greater reward. He told the Wall Street Journal recently: “There’s no reason for us to back off.”