The 2000 Visionary Awards were presented to:
From Left to Right: Heidi Roizen (emcee), Ed Niehaus (emcee),
Chuck Geschke (Adobe) Sandy Herz (SVForum Executive Director),
Steve Kirsch (Propel) Ross Bott (accepting for Alain Rossman - Phone.com),
Larry Sonsini (Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati)
Not Pictured: Ron Conway (Angel Investor), John Warnock (Adobe - award
accepted by Chuck Geschke), Phil Wiser (Liquid Audio - accepted for Gerry Kearby)
Angel Investors L.P. - Known as an archangel for his ability to put together the right people, and money, Conway is perhaps the best connected person in Silicon Valley. As founding general partner of Angel Investors L.P., he has worked with some of hte industry's leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists to fund new ideas that result in cutting edge products. He has served as president and in marketing at a number of technology companies including CBT Systems and Altos Computer Systems. He serves on 13 boards and advisory boards where he lends his expertise in the areas of Internet, e-commerce and information technology. He also is active in a number of community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House, and is director of The Altos Foundation which has contributed more than $6 million to Bay Area charities since 1993.
Charles M. Geschke:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Adobe Systems. Geschke has been a respected and inspiring leader in software for more than two decades. A founder of the imaging sciences lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, in 1992 he joined with colleague John E. Warnock to form Adobe Systems. Geschke has received awards from the Association for Computing Machinery, Carnegie-Mellon University and the National Computer Graphics Association. In the community, he serves on the computer science advisory boards of both Carnegie Mellon and Princeton as well as on the board of the University of San Francisco.
Gerald W. Kearby:
Co-Founder, President, CEO and Director, Liquid Audio, Inc. As a veteran of the music, pro audio and computer industries, Kearby was uniquely positioned to see the potential of the Internet to provide countless hours of pleasure through the delivery of music. He co-founded Liquid Audio to deliver that promise while ensuring copy protection and copyright management for artists and the companies that represent them. Liquid Audio also is the first SVForum graduate to reach the pinnacle all entrepreneurs strive for - an IPO.
CEO, Propel - Kirsch's connection to high technology began in 1972 when as a high school student he worked at the first ARPANET node as a sytems programmer. He moved on to create Mouse Systems and Frame Technology, which was acquired by Adobe. In 1994, Kirsch founded Infoseek, which provided the "Net Search" service for Netscape. Today, Kirsch is the CEO of Propel, a software and services company focused on new ways to build e-commerce web sites. Along with his wife Michele, he has started a $75 million foundation that has donated more than $5 million a year to a wide variety of charities and causes. Last year they were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Sillicon Valley chapter fo the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Phone.com. Rossman was honored for taking wireless communications into new areas. Phone.com software gives wireless subscribers access to Internet-based and corporate intranet-based services, inlcuding email, news, stocks, weather, travel and sports as well as a range of telephony services. Immediately prior to founding Phone.com in December 1994, he was CEO of EO Corporation, a pioneer in personal digital assistant devices.
Chairman and CEO Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. As one fo the premier technology law firms globally, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati succeeded by adopting the style and substance of the entrepreneur. Today, the firm's 600 lawyers and more than 1,500 support staff, has driven it into its leadership position by assisting in the financing of new tech-based industries, and by developing capabilities in all of the areas critical to the growth of its clients. Under Sonsini's direction, the firm has gone far beyond the traditional model and created a strategic business partner for technology companies.
John E. Warnock:
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO, Adobe Systems. Warnock has been respected as an innovator in computer software for more than 30 years. He holds four patents and is a frequent speaker and writer on crucial industry issues. Named as one of the Ten Revolutionaries of Computing in 1999 by Computer Reseller News, he recently received the Edwin H. Land Medal for significant contributions to the advancement of imaging processing via software. He serves on the Entrepreneurial Board Advisory Committee of the American Film Institute and is a member fo the National Academy of Engineering.