Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Vinod keeps the faith--and plugs ultrawideband

Veteran venture capitalist Vinod Khosla gave a big plug for wireless USB in his keynote at the VON conference today. The ultrawideband technology will forge Gbit/second I/O links between tomorrow's cellular handsets and MP3 players, cameraphones and more, said Khosla in a talk entitled, "The device that used to be your phone."

On one level it was just a shameless commercial for another one of his startups, Artimi, working on low power wireless chips. Even the uber-weathy have no shame about using their fame to provide free commercials. How do you think they got that way?

But on another level, I think Khosla is just all fired up about the bright future of technology and he gets others juiced, too. Perhaps the elder statesman of high tech investing shares the same affliction as his old buddy at Sun Microsystems, Andy Bechtolsheim. Andy, I am told, sometimes has trouble sleeping at night because he is so excited, thinking about where high tech is headed. Having interviewed him a few times, I can believe it.

Quoth Khosla: "Network growth has never stopped. It didn’t even stop in 2001 for the dotcom bust, so don’t count on it stopping anytime soon."

And they all said Amen.

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