Are the US and China Destined for a "Tech War?" – A Conversation with Vinod Khosla

Friday, April 14, 2023
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

G101, Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

  • Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures
  • Laura Stone, US Dept. of State
April 14, 2023 event flyer with headshots of speakers Mr. Vinod Khosla and APARC China Policy Fellow Laura Stone

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Prominent American tech player and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla warns that the United States and China currently face a “20-Year Tech War” —  a struggle shaped by each nation’s political systems and the role played by tech investors. What does he mean by these predictions? What could a “tech war” look like? And what are the implications for broader U.S.-China relations?

Join APARC’s China Program for a special Fireside Chat between Mr. Khosla and APARC’s China Policy Fellow Laura Stone. In this session, we will explore what Mr. Khosla sees happening in the U.S.-China tech space in the near- and long-term, the potential ramifications, what this means for how Chinese and U.S. technology firms operate outside their home markets, and the implications for technology and foreign policies.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems.  He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful technology investments in software, AI, robotics, 3D printing, healthcare and more. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is mentoring entrepreneurs, helping them build technology-based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make a positive impact through technology to reinvent societal infrastructure and multiply resources. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Laura Stone

Laura Stone, a member of the US Department of State, is the Inaugural China Policy Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC).  She was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for China and Mongolia, the Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and the Director of the Economic Policy Office in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. She served in Beijing, Bangkok, Tokyo, the Public Affairs Bureau, the Pentagon Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. While at APARC, she is conducting research with the China Program on contemporary China affairs and U.S.-China policy.


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