The 17th Annual
Over 200 industry executives, members of the Press, VCs, entrepreneurs, Visionary Honorees, families, and friends attended the by-invitation only 17th Annual Awards, SVForum's annual ceremony honors exceptional pioneers and leaders in the tech, education, media, entrepreneurship and VC industry. The Awards celebrate Visionaries who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, and whose influence continues to shape not only Silicon Valley but changing our world.
Held at the historic Stonebrook Court Estate, the red-carpet “Oscars of Silicon Valley” event treated its attendees to inspiring acceptance speeches by the Visionary honorees themselves and their chosen introducers.
Read more about the 2014 Visionary Honorees below. We are updating with pictures, video and press articles as they come in, so make sure to stay tuned.
Thank you to our sponsors: Accenture, Citi Ventures, Deloitte, Business Wire, Cisco, and Tech CU; and our wine sponsor Clos de la Tech Vineyards. And many thanks to Kelly Porter for once again opening his beautiful home to SVForum for The Visionary Awards!
2014 Visionary Award Winners
About the Visionaries:
Tim Draper has been at the forefront of innovation for over four decades. He has been a Venture Capitalist for 39 years, an angel investor to over 1,000 companies, and founding partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a legendary venture capital firm that gave rise to DFJ Ventures and DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with over 30 global offices. His continued commitment to education led to the recent development of the Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school dedicated to encouraging proactive entrepreneurship. Politically active, he recently launched “Six Californias” a statewide initiative to divide California into six new states.
Introduced by: Billy Draper, UI/UX designer at Apartment List; angel investor Tim Draper
Jessica Jackley is an extraordinary entrepreneur and investor. Her focus on affordable financial inclusion, combined with her commitment to a sharing economy and social justice, were a catalyst to her co-founding Kiva, the world’s first microlending website. Under Jessica's leadership, Kiva has provided a gateway for individuals to support businesses in underserved communities—over half a billion dollars in loans have been made to fledgling companies in 216 countries. Continuing her commitment to help others, she co-founded ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for US entrepreneurs. Jessica is also a visiting practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, an advisor to the Collaborative Fund, and has worked in such organizations as the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, World Vision, International Museum of Women, and the Global Health Corps.
Introduced by: Reza Aslan, bestselling author, founder of AslanMedia
Tim O’Reilly's original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people”. With that in mind, he grew his business organically. Upon graduation from Harvard, he began writing the computer user manuals known as the “animal books,” which are still the go-to reference books for developers. After the dot-com crash, he became a leader in the Web 2.0 renaissance and began GNN, the first commercial website. As the founder of O’Reilly Media, he defines the company as a technology transfer company that is “changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.” His successful career as an online book publisher, magazine publisher, and conference and event producer has made him a leader in disruptive media; however, Tim is not defined by any one area—he sees opportunities for advancement in technology through many different venues. One example is his Maker Faire, which has global recognition.
Introduced by: Steven Levy, author and Wired Magazine journalist; 2008 Visionary Award Honoree
Dr. Tina Seelig is multi-talented and multi-titled: teacher, author, consultant, entrepreneur, and neuroscientist. She is Professor of the Practice in the Dept. of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University, where she is also Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University School of Engineering. To try to attribute one title to what Tina does in a single day would be impossible. She is dedicated to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and teaches “refining problems, challenging the assumptions and connecting and combining ideas” to Stanford students in her course on Creativity and Innovation (MS&E 277) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Dr. Seelig earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in 1985, where she studied neuroscience. Other accomplishments include management consulting for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation; she also founded the multimedia company called BookBrowser, and has written 16 popular science books and educational games.
Introduced by: Tom Byers, Entrepreneurship Professor, School of Engineering at Stanford
Photos and Videos:
In the Press:
Four Silicon Valley Visionaries tout passion, role chance played in success - By Cromwell Schubarth (@SVBizCrom), Silicon Valley Business Journal
The big takeaway from the Silicon Valley ‘Oscars:’ Be responsible, not douchey - by Dean Takahashi (@DeanTak), VentureBeat
Visionary award winner Tim O'Reilly calls on techies to help local government - by Tom Foremski (@TomForemski), ZDNet
How to be a Tech Visionary? 5 Lessons from Oscars of Silicon Valley - by Alison Van Diggelen (@FreshDialogues), FreshDialogues
Four extraordinary leaders that have shaped the Silicon Valley sphere and beyond - by Michal Lenchner (@mlenchner), Examiner.com
Kiva cofounder Jessica Jackley shares 3 startup tips [video] - By Alison Van Diggelen, (@FreshDialogues), FreshDialogues
Why venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to divide California into six states (interview) - by Dean Takahashi (@DeanTak), VentureBeat
Stanford’s Tina Seelig tells us the quick-and-dirty way to teach both innovation and creativity (interview) - by Dean Takahashi (@DeanTak), VentureBeat
About the Visionary Awards:
Each year, SVForum's annual Visionary Awards honors exceptional pioneers and leaders in the industry, including leading venture capitalists, technologists and entrepreneurs. The Awards celebrate Visionaries who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, and whose influence continues to shape Silicon Valley. Past Visionary Award recipients include Marc Andreessen, Sal Khan, Elon Musk, Lou Gerstner, Bill Gates, Doug Engelbart, and Judy Estrin, as well as a number of other high-profile contributors to their industries.
Past recipients of the SVForum Visionary Award have included: