The 2002 Visionary Awards were presented to:
From left to right: Sandra Kurtzig, Nolan Bushnell, Grady Booch
John Seely Brown, Jimmy Treybig, Gordon E. Moore and Dick Kramlich.
On June 18, 2002, the Software Development Forum's Fifth Annual Visionary Celebration honored seven industry leaders including Grady Booch, John Seely Brown, Nolan Bushnell, Dick Kramlich, Sandra Kurtzig, Gordon E. Moore and Jimmy Treybig. This high-profile event recognized Silicon Valley Pioneers who not only helped to create the high technology industry but also used their talents to enhance their communities. The awards were presented at the home of Laurie and Royal Farros in Woodside, CA. “We’re delighted to honor these Silicon Valley Pioneers who have contributed so richly to the technology industry” said Sandy Herz, executive director of SVForum.
Sandra Kurtzig challenged prevailing notions of entrepreneurship. In 1972, with only $2000 she started ASK Computer Systems in the second bedroom of her apartment. From that humble start, she built ASK Computer Systems into one of the world's largest software companies. A pioneer in the development of software for manufacturing and financial management, Sandra also opened new opportunities for women in business. When she retired from ASK in 1992, it was the largest company ever founded, headed, and taken public by a woman. Her fascinating story is chronicled in her book, "CEO: How to Build a $400 Million Company from the Ground Up". With degrees in mathematics, chemistry, and aeronautical engineering, Kurtzig now serves on Stanford and Harvard Advisory boards and manages a family investment partnership.
Nolan Bushnell, considered the “Father of the Video Game Industry”, is best known as the creator of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. In 1980 Nolan founded Catalyst Technologies, an incubator that spawned more than 20 companies, including Etak, Androbot, Axlon, Magnum Microwave, Irata and ByVideo. His current venture, uWink, Inc., is changing the face of Internet entertainment by streaming it into public portals and establishing mass multi-player gaming tournaments worldwide. Nolan holds several patents on some of the basic technologies for many of the early video games developed and is also the inventor or co-inventor of numerous patents in various other fields and industries. With a passion for education, he frequently lectures at major universities and conferences throughout the United States, inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Grady Booch is recognized internationally for his innovative work on software architecture, modeling, and software engineering. He has served as Chief Scientist at Rational Software Corporation since its founding in 1980. Grady is one of the original developers of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and was also an original developer of several of Rational's products. He has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software systems around the world. Grady authored six best-selling books including the UML User Guide and the seminal Object-oriented Analysis and Design with Applications. He has published several hundred technical articles on software engineering, including some in the early '80 that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design. Grady is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown ("JSB") was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and served as the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) from 1988 to 2000. While head of PARC, he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, web service architectures and organizational and individual learning. JSB has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and won numerous awards. His book credits include "Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation" and "The Social Life of Information". JSB serves on numerous non-profit advisory boards. His unique perspectives are distinguished by his broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and his healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.
Jimmy Treybig founded Tandem Computers and served as its CEO from 1974 to 1996. Under his leadership, Tandem delivered its first product in 1976, first issued public stock in 1977, and in 1980 was ranked by Inc. magazine as the fastest growing public company in America. When Jimmy retired in 1996, Tandem was a $2.3 billion company employing approximately 8,000 people worldwide. Prior to founding Tandem, Jimmy worked for the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner & Perkins, and held various marketing management posts in Hewlett-Packard's computer division. He has received Entrepreneur of the Year awards from both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School, and Industry Week magazine recognized him with its Excellence in Management award. Jimmy currently is a Venture Partner with Austin Ventures, serves as Chairman of ClearCommerce, and is a Director of Reasoning and Confiniti.
Gordon E. Moore
Gordon E. Moore co-founded Intel in 1968 as a specialized manufacturer of memory products. Serving long terms as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman, he led the company to produce the world's first microprocessor and on to become the world's largest producer of computer chips. His 1965 prediction that the transistor density of integrated circuits would double every 18 months, now known as "Moore's Law", has proven remarkably accurate for more than two decades, and has inspired the industry to continue delivering increasingly powerful semiconductors at ever-lower costs. Born in San Francisco and educated at UC Berkeley and CalTech, Moore remains active in Bay Area business, education, and philanthropy. In November 2000, he and his wife Betty established a multi-billion-dollar foundation that makes selected grants to support higher education, scientific research, the environment, and select San Francisco Bay Area projects.
Dick Kramlich has been a venture capitalist since 1969, when he joined Arthur Rock as a general partner. In 1978, Dick partnered with Frank Bonsal and Chuck Newhall to found New Enterprise Associates. Since its inception, NEA has distributed $5.5 billion to its limited partners, and currently has capital and commitments of $5 billion spread across 10 limited partnerships and over 200 companies. Dick has served as a director of 8 start-ups that grew to over $1 billion in value: 3Com, Ascend Communications, Silicon Graphics, Dallas Semiconductor, Immunex, Macromedia, Healtheon, and Juniper Networks. He is past chairman and president of the NVCA and the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and he represented the industry as a governor of NASDAQ. His non-profit board activities include the Exploratorium, UCSF, Bay Area Video Coalition, and San Francisco Art Institute.