Ian Kennedy

Ian is Chief of Staff to Samir Kaul at Khosla Ventures.

After graduating from Cornell University, Ian enlisted in the US Army. He completed Special Forces training and then joined the 1st Special Forces Group. As a Green Beret, he trained and advised elite counterterrorism and counter narcotics units in Iraq, Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines.

While in the Army, Ian became fascinated with the possibilities of deep technology, particularly AI/ML and quantum computing, and learned to code through MOOCs on Udacity and Coursera. After leaving the Army, he spent a year at Columbia University taking physics courses and researching the properties of 2D superconductors in a condensed matter physics lab. He then enrolled in a joint MBA/MS in Electrical Engineering program at Stanford University, where he continued to explore both the business and technical sides of quantum computing. Along the way, he managed technology projects at Goldman Sachs; evaluated quantitative trading strategies at Virtu Financial; performed macroeconomic research at Bridgewater Associates; and explored the potential for quantum computing in the pharmaceutical industry at Rigetti Computing. While at Stanford GSB, Ian also started the Contemplative Leadership Program, a student organization for those who want to apply meditation and other contemplative practices to business leadership.

In his free time, Ian enjoys reading, hiking, CrossFit, martial arts, meditation, thinking about black holes and the nature of consciousness, and spending time with his labradoodle Pericles and his amazing wife.