|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 03:55 PM EDT
For the past 16 years, SVForum’s
annual Visionary Awards have honored Silicon Valley pioneers and leaders
who personify the spirit of innovation. The Awards celebrate leadership
in technology, education, venture capital, and entrepreneurship; the
caliber of their work—and their presence in their chosen fields—places
the Award recipients among the brightest stars of Silicon Valley. This
year’s honorees are no exception: Tim Draper, Jessica Jackley,
Tim O’Reilly, and Tina Seelig will follow in the footsteps
honorees such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Scott McNealy, Ray Kurzweil,
Reed Hastings and Reid Hoffman, just to name a few.
The SVForum Visionary Awards is also an event where legendary colleagues
and honorees celebrate the spirit of innovation; many of those attending
have graced the pages of such publications as Fortune, Bloomberg,
Wired, and Time. In many ways, the event is Silicon
Valley’s Oscars®, as it is here where those
that have made Silicon Valley synonymous with creativity and advancement
in technology are honored for their contribution to the world.
The recipients recently spoke about the SVForum Visionary Awards. Tim
Draper, legendary Venture Capitalist and Founding Partner of Draper
Fisher Jurvetson, stated, “I was put on this earth to spread
entrepreneurship, drive new technologies and improve education, I'm
honored to be presented with this award.” Draper has funded such
companies as Skype, Hotmail, Baidu, Tesla, and more. He is credited with
creating “viral marketing,” a tool to spread services around the world
quickly. He recently founded the Draper
University of Heroes, an online and residential program where
entrepreneurship is encouraged and developed.
The Visionary Awards cross all disciplines. Honoree Jessica
Jackley's belief in a sharing economy and social justice led her to
be a co-founder of Kiva,
the first online peer-to-peer microlending platform that lets internet
lenders fund entrepreneurs in underserved communities globally. She
adds, “I feel deeply honored to receive this award alongside such
amazing and influential individuals.” Jackley is also a visiting
practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, an
adviser 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.
O’Reilly, a renowned author, publisher, and conference and event
producer (including the famous Maker
Faire), and whose O’Reilly
Media led the Web 2.0 Renaissance, stated, "I will accept this award
as a recognition not for me, but for the many technology revolutionaries
who I have had the honor to encourage and support. Silicon Valley isn't
just driven by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Every major
technology movement I've been associated with, from the web, to open
source software, to Web 2.0, open government, and the maker movement,
started with people who didn't see any money in what they wanted to do.
They were driven primarily by love of new ideas and a desire to make a
better world. Silicon Valley success came to some, but many others
simply made a difference." O'Reilly also created the computer user
manuals series known as the “animal books,” which are still the go-to
reference books for developers.
The 2014 ceremony not only honors the technology and venture capital
communities, but educators as well. Dr.
Tina Seelig, Professor of Management Science and Engineering at
Stanford University, and executive director for the Stanford
Technology Ventures Program, believes that this award symbolizes the
University’s commitment to entrepreneurship. “I am deeply honored to be
recognized by SVForum and humbled to be in the company of so many
remarkable thought leaders and innovators in Silicon Valley.” Dr. Seelig
holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School, where she studied
neuroscience; other accomplishments include management consulting for
Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and multimedia production at Compaq Computer
Corporation. She has also written 16 popular science books and
The SVForum Visionary Awards will be held on the evening of June 3rd,
2014. Attendance is by invitation only. If you wish to be invited as an
accredited member of the press, please contact Ed Fogelman.
For over thirty years, SVForum has been the leading not-for-profit
organization in the Bay Area, providing unbiased source of information
and insight to the technology community. Through the efforts of its
dedicated staff and volunteers, SVForum’s wealth of programs
create networks and relationships, as well as providing education and
access to resources both in person and digitally to a global audience.
The organization reaches over 20,000 of the most important thought
leaders, VCs, innovators and CEOs in technology. Its partners include
global leaders IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and SAP, as well as leading
venture capital firms and service providers.
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