Photo: Left to right: Dan’l Lewin (Introducer to Mike Moritz), Craig McCaw, The Honorable Susan McCaw (Introducer to Craig McCaw), Kara Swisher ( Introducer to Walt Mossberg), Mike Moritz, Heidi Roizen, Trip Hawkins, Susan Lucas-Conwell, Walt Mossberg, Ann Winblad (Introducer to Heidi Roizen)
On June 20th, 2007, 300 attendees at the SVForum 10th Anniversary Visionary Awards ceremony, by invitation-only, were treated to a unique perspective of the tech luminaries who have made disruptive changes in the fields of mobile, media and entertainment. Unlike many award events, the recipients were allowed to choose a colleague, spouse or friend to make their introductions. The result was a candid – and often humorous – glimpse at the person behind the industry persona.
Each year SVForum honors industry leaders who have pioneered innovation and fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship. These visionaries and distinguished business leaders have greatly contributed to shaping Silicon Valley. Past recipients include Donna Dubinsky, Lou Gerstner, Bill Gates, Doug Engelbart, John Chambers, Gordon Moore, Ray Ozzie and Vint Cerf. Unique to this year’s ceremony was the honoring of the hostess herself, Heidi Roizen.
The SVForum Board of Directors selected this year’s recipients based on their ongoing contribution and commitment to improving mobile, media and entertainment technology. The 10th Anniversary Visionary Award Winners are:
Trip Hawkins is Chairman and CEO of Digital Chocolate, a creator of innovative mobile phone games and social applications, such as Tower Bloxx and MLSN Sports Picks. He has been a new media pioneer for 30 years at Apple, Electronic Arts and 3DO in addition to being the first business executive to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
Craig McCaw is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Eagle River Investments, a private investment company that focuses on strategic investments in the communications industry. Mr. McCaw is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Clearwire, a wireless broadband services provider, and Chairman of ICO, a global satellite communications company. He is regarded as a pioneer and leader in the wireless communications industry by challenging the status-quo in 1982 and acquiring cellular licenses well before most traditional telecommunications carriers recognized their value. McCaw Cellular became the largest cellular operator in the United States and was sold to AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1994.
Michael Moritz focuses on software and services investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1986, he worked in a variety of positions at Time Warner and was a Founder of Technologic Partners. Sequoia Capital’s investments include Google, Yahoo!, PayPal, eBay, Apple, Cisco and YouTube.
Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, which has appeared every Thursday since 1991. He also co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries.
Heidi Roizen, Mobius Venture Capital.
Heidi Roizen has spent her entire life in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Silicon Valley, first as an entrepreneur and ultimately as a venture capitalist helping other entrepreneurs build the great companies of tomorrow. She is currently a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital, a venture fund with over $2 billion under management. In that capacity, Heidi serves on the Boards of Directors of Reactrix, Ecast, Perpetual Entertainment and AuctionDrop.
The 10th Anniversary Visionary Awards were sponsored by Deloitte, Microsoft, Nokia, DLA Piper and Nasdaq.
"With over three billion wireless subscribers around the world, the majority of people today experience the Internet for the first time on a mobile device," said Philipp Schloter, who runs business development for Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California. "The leaders and innovators honored in these prestigious awards are doing much to ensure that the Internet continues to develop in ways that enhance people's lives and Nokia is very proud to support SVForum in recognizing them."
“Deloitte is proud to be part of honoring these individuals who have shown exceptional effort in reshaping how we live,” said Brian Goncher, Relationship Manager at Deloitte. “Their talents, drive and determination can be held up as exemplifying what makes Silicon Valley great, while setting a high bar for others to surpass.”
It is important to recognize those who have had such a dramatic impact on our lives through technology advancements in mobile, media and entertainment,” said Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft. “Microsoft is honored to be part of this great acknowledgment and the SVForum Visionary Awards.”