2010 Visionary Awards
Each year, SVForum honors the leading industry visionaries personifying the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. The SVForum Board of Directors selected this years award recipients based on their monumental achievements and ongoing dedication to improving our lives through superior technology. The winners below were honored at our 2010 celebration.
This year's awards were sponsored by Microsoft, Nokia, Open-First, Nasdaq OMX, Deloitte, Design about Town and Woodside Capital Partners.
Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Partners
Reid Hoffman is Executive Chairman and a Co-Founder of LinkedIn—the world's largest online business network with over 63 million members. Reid was LinkedIn’s founding CEO for the first four years before moving to a role as chairman in 2007 and president of the products division from 2007-2009. Continuing as executive chairman of Linkedin, Reid joined Greylock Partners as a partner in 2009. Prior to Greylock, Reid invested in many significant companies including Facebook, Zynga, SixApart, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Ironport, and Digg. He is a director of a variety of Silicon Valley businesses and non-profits, including Mozilla, Shopkick, Six Apart, Kiva.org, and Zynga. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal. Reid has joined the PayPal board of directors at the company’s founding. Reid graduated from Stanford University (where he won a Marshalls Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a Bachelor's degree with distinction in symbolic systems and he has a Master's degree in philosophy from Oxford University.
Arthur C. Patterson, Co-Founder, Accel PartnersArthur Patterson
Arthur enjoys working with start-up entrepreneurial teams in Software and Services. As the lead investor he has helped management teams develop their companies into market defining leaders. IPO's of such companies include: Actuate; MetroPCS, Portal Software, UUnet/MCI-WorldCom and Veritas. He has also been a Director/Investor in many other information technology companies which became public companies. He is currently on the Boards of several private companies including: Aptana; Arcot Systems; Centrify; Coremetrics; Integral Development; Iron Planet; NewlineNoosh; NextG. Recent private exits include Counterpane, Rapt and Savi Technology. Prior to co-founding Accel Partners, Arthur was General Partner of Adler & Company. He started in venture capital at Citicorp Venture Capital. At Citicorp, he also managed a fund of publicly traded equities. Previously, Arthur worked in Washington for the International office of the U.S. Treasury Department - International Monetary, Trade and Development Policy.
Arthur served as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and as Director of the National Venture Capital Association. He received an AB and an MBA from Harvard.
Brent Schlender, Executive-Director, Co-Founder Techonomy
Brent Schlender is Co-Founder of Techonomy, a site that explores technology’s relationship to the economy and celebrates innovative individuals and technological advances. Mr. Schlender has written extensively about high-tech industries, business strategy, management and leadership. He spent many years as a foreign correspondent for both FORTUNE and The Wall Street Journal in Latin America and Asia. He also co-developed a dramatic television series with Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau called Killer App and moonlighted playing saxophones in a Bay Area rhythm and blues band for 15 years. He is best known for his lengthy interviews and profiles of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Andy Grove, Akio Morita, Bill Joy, John Chambers, Peter Drucker and other notable business leaders. Mr. Schlender holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.
Chris Shipley, Chairman and CEO, Guidewire Group, Inc. Chris Shipley
Chris Shipley is chairman and CEO of Guidewire Group, Inc., a global analyst and advisory firm focused on early-stage technology companies. (guidewiregroup.com). A leading technology and product analyst for 25 years, Chris is dedicated to the success of technology entrepreneurs, focusing on identifying market opportunities and building value into the most promising young companies. As the executive producer of the reknowned DEMO Conference from 1996 until September 2009, Chris identified and helped bring to market more than 1,500 products, including WebEx, VMWare, salesforce.com, TiVo, Xfire, Ribbit, and Ironport. Chris has covered personal technology since 1984 and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. She has won numerous awards for her writing and often has been cited as a leading influencer. She is on the board and past chairman of the Forum for Women Enterpreneurs and Executives, and is a board member and advisor to a number of early stage companies. Chris holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Literature and Communication Arts from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.
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