The 2001 Visionary Awards were presented to:
From left to right: Sandy Herz, Sandy Robertson, Arthur Rock
Catherine Muther, Margaret Wozniak (accepted award for son - Steve Wozniak), Jeff Skoll
The Software Development Forum's Fourth Annual Visionary Award Celebration, held on June 7, honored five industry figures at the home of one of last year's Visionary Award recipients, Ron Conway, of Angel Investors LP. Each year, SVForum presents Visionary Awards to acknowledged experts in their field who have enriched the lives of others through their work, while creating the technologies of tomorrow and the environment in which technologies can flourish. This event recognized industry leaders who not only helped to create the high technology industry but who also use their talents to enhance their communities. According to executive director, Sandy Herz, this year's awardees "laid the foundation for both past success and future growth in the technology industry, and we are only just starting to see the magnitude of their impact."
Catherine Muther, Founder of Three Guineas Fund, Women’s Technology Cluster
As Chief Marketing Officer for networking leaders Bridge Communications, 3Com and Cisco Systems, Cate was a pioneer in an emerging industry. She helped grow Cisco from $25 Million in sales in 1989 to over $1 Billion in 1994. Using proceeds from stock options, she created the Three Guineas Fund, which creates economic opportunity for women. Cate also founded the Women’s Technology Cluster, an incubator for information technology companies with women principals. Currently, Cate is working with other foundations to open an incubator for start up foundations. She has won numerous awards and honors, including Top 25 Women on the Web, and Fortune’s Top Women in Technology 2001, and was an invited speaker at the White House First Conference on Philanthropy.
Sandy Robertson, Founder of Robertson, Stephens & Co.
Sandy was a pioneer in the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s, and has remained one of the industry's most renowned participants. He served as VP and Director at Smith Barney before founding a firm that later became Montgomery Securities. In 1978, he founded Robertson, Stephens & Co, one of the most significant underwriters of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. After selling the company in 1998, he founded Francisco Partners, the world's largest technology-focused private equity fund. Sandy has had significant financing involvement in over 500 growth technology companies, including 3Com, America Online, Applied Materials, Ascend, Dell Computer, E*Trade, Siebel, and Sun. He serves on the boards of Netro Corporation, Pain Theraputics and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, as well as on the President's Board at the University of Michigan.
Arthur Rock, Principal of Arthur Rock & Co.
As the first venture capitalist on the West Coast, Mr. Rock funded Fairchild and many of the technology giants that followed, including Intel and Apple. An Intel co-founder, he chaired its Board and Executive Committee. He also served as Chairman of Scientific Data Systems, and held board positions at Apple, Teledyne, Xerox, Argonaut Insurance, and AirTouch. He currently serves on the boards of Echelon and Nasdaq. The only VC featured on the cover of Time Magazine, Mr. Rock has won multiple awards. He has contributed to the community by supporting the California Institute of Technology, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Opera, and by serving as President of The BASIC Fund, which provides scholarships for inner city children to attend private schools.
Jeff Skoll, Philanthropist, eBay Pioneer
As the first full-time employee and President of eBay, Jeff created the profitable financial model and business plan that the company still follows. In 1998, Jeff led eBay to become the first Internet company to be active in philanthropy by spearheading the creation of the eBay Foundation - the first foundation funded using pre-IPO shares. Currently, Jeff serves as Chairman of the Skoll Community Fund, which he founded in 1999, and also remains an active advisor to eBay and the eBay Foundation. He is a board member at Keen.com, a private company that has created a marketplace for individuals to exchange information. Jeff also serves on Advisory Boards of Stanford Business School and the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, a charitable organization based in San Jose. He frequently speaks on the importance of philanthropy.
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder and technical visionary of Apple Computer
Before graduating from college, Steve pioneered a radical vision: to help ordinary people rise above powerful institutions by making computers accessible to everyone. Steve designed the machines that started the personal computer revolution, and brought the graphical user interface to the PC. Revered for his technical wizardry, his low-key style, and his zeal for challenging convention, "Woz" now focuses on community support. He helped fund the Tech Museum and the Children's Discovery Museum, and he spends countless hours showing schoolchildren how to use computers and think creatively. He has donated computers, servers and Internet access in Silicon Valley and the USSR, and he generously supports the arts and humanities. Although Steve and Apple parted years ago, he still evangelizes and owns stock in the company.