Vinod Khosla certainly didn’t start investing in biofuels because he wanted to hang out with the hip and beautiful crowd, but he’s probably not complaining about the perq. The environmentally minded VC got to rub elbows—literally—with Supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
Khosla, who was fairly quiet in his days as a GP at Kleiner Perkins Caufifeld & Byers, is decidedly vocal now that he runs his own eponymous venture fund. When told that Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe had said global warming wasn’t a big deal, Khosla told Fortune writer David Kirkpatrick: “He should see his proctologist to find his head. And you can quote me.”
Here’s one for the bizarre file. Mohr Davidow Ventures’ website has been getting an unusually high number of visits from people looking for the Department of Motor Vehicles (aka DMV). Wait, it gets weirder. MDV spokeswoman Pamela Mahoney says the firm has actually tracked a number of website visitors who want to take a driving test or renew their licenses. Somehow, it’s not comforting to know that there are drivers out on the road who can’t tell the difference between the website of a venture capital firm and a government agency.
Sequoia Capital Partner Roelof Botha recently pulled some public videos from YouTube, the video sharing website that his firm backed before it was acquired by Google. The move came days after gossip website Valleywag pointed to the videos.
Botha, grandson of the former South African foreign affairs minister of the same name, had uploaded personal videos of his baby daughter, an a cappella duo singing ballads about YouTube at Sequoia Partner Pierre Lamond’s house, and one of himself driving a red Ferrari in Italy.
The videos are now marked “private” and are unavailable to the public.
Barton makes bid
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is perhaps best known for Hollywood celebrities such as Kevin Costner and Bill Murray hacking alongside the pros. A number of VCs are usually seen in the mix, but they rarely get to vie for the win.
This year’s annual event, held last month, saw fund-of-funds manager Harris Barton in the final day’s action. Barton, managing partner of HRJ Capital, came in third in the pro-am as he was paired up with pro Greg Owen. Barton, a former tackle with the San Francisco 49ers, has a decent handicap of 12.
Accel Partners’ Jim Breyer, who sports a handicap of 9, has been a staple of the annual tourney in recent years, though he once again didn’t make the final cut. He was paired with pro Tom Scherrer. Doug Mackenzie, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, boasts a 3 handicap. Teamed with Joe Ogilvie, Mackenzie also didn’t make the cut this year.
This year’s pro-am also featured some heavyweights from the buyouts world, including Teddy Forstmann, co-founder of the LBO firm Forstmann Little & Co. Interestingly, also on the course this year were Henry Kravis and George Roberts, co-founders of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a noted rival of Forstmann. But the KKR guys didn’t make the final cut, unlike Forstmann, who has a 7 handicap and was paired with 2004 AT&T champ Vijay Singh.