|Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe||David Kelley, IDEO||Katie Linendoll, Today Show||
Anne Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Under Wojcicki’s leadership, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information and made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public.
Introduced by: Kevin Surace, Appvance
David Kelley is the Founder and Chairman of the global design firm IDEO, as well as the Founder of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (informally called the d.school). His long history of success includes working for Boeing and NCR, teaching at Stanford University, and founding early stage venture capital firm Onset. He has received numerous awards for his work, and coauthored The New York Times bestselling book "Creative Confidence.” His primary interest is championing human-centered design methodology, the culture of innovation, design thinking and creative confidence in both business and education.
Introduced by: Manish Patel, Highland Capital Partners
Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award winning TV personality, writer, tech expert and global tech consultant. She is one of the most in-demand tech personalities in the country, known for her first-look technology stories and gadget roundups. A writer and contributor for the TODAY Show, Linendoll also regularly contributes to NBCNews.com and recently completed filming two series for Popular Science. She is the former host of All Access Weekly on Spike TV and A&E’s We Mean Business. Linendoll has also written for ESPN the Magazine, ESPN.com, Marie Claire, Shape Magazine, CNNcom and CBS.com.
Introduced by: Allison Braley, Zoosk
Tony Fadell has a long history of innovation in Silicon Valley. He is the Founder and CEO of home automation company Nest, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014. Nest develops sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors. Prior, he was the Senior Vice President for Apple’s iPod division reporting to Steve Jobs, and built the Mobile Computing Group at Philips Electronics. He has authored more than 300 patents.
Introduced by: Bill Gurley, Benchmark
In the Press:
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2015 Visionary Award honorees include leaders of Nest, IDEO, 23andMe and a TV tech star, by Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Leaders of Nest, Ideo, 23andMe and tech TV star honored as Silicon Valley Visionaries by Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Talking German with Nest's Tony Fadell, by Britta Weddeling, Handelsblatt
Recognizing Silicon Valley visionaries who have shaped our innovative ecosystem, by Michal Lenchner, Examiner.com
Past recipients of the SVForum Visionary Award have included: