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Vinod Khosla

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla plans to deliver one of the keynote addresses at the upcoming Startup Weekend Edu event, which is taking place at the University of Washington September 30th to October 2nd.

“Vinod Khosla is one of the biggest names in the startup world…,” said TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell in a blog post. “I can’t think of a better person to kick off our event to inspire our attendees to build some revolutionary innovations.”

Khosla certainly is a big deal, a former Sun Microsystems executive who went on to become one of the most respected venture capitalists on the planet at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The graduate of Carnegie Mellon University now runs Khosla Ventures, where he’s taken a particular interest in the topic of education.

In addition to Khosla — who will speak Friday night — the event also will feature a keynote from Lotus Development founder Mitch Kapor.

Startup Weekend EDU is a 54-hour coding marathon in which teams create new education-oriented startup companies.

Editor’s note: GeekWire is a media sponsor of Startup Weekend Edu.

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