SDForum Announces 10th Anniversary 2007 Visionary Award Recipients

Award Winners Include Trip Hawkins, Craig McCaw, Michael Moritz and Walt


Jun 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from SDForum

    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's
 leading association of professionals in emerging technologies, today
 announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Visionary Awards. The theme
 this year is "Mobile, Media and Entertainment."
     Each year SDForum 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 Lou Gerstner, Bill Gates, Doug Engelbart,
 John Chambers, Gordon Moore, Ray Ozzie and Vint Cerf.
     The SDForum Board of Directors selected this year's recipients based on
 their ongoing contribution and commitment to improving all our lives
 through superior technology. The winners below will be honored at the
 SDForum ceremony June 20, 2007:
     Trip Hawkins
     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
     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
     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.
     The 10th Anniversary Visionary Awards ceremony is held at a private
 home and is sponsored by Deloitte, Microsoft, Nokia, DLA Piper and Nasdaq.
     "For this 10th Anniversary Visionary Awards ceremony, it is our
 distinct pleasure to acknowledge these accomplished individuals for their
 unique achievements," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, executive director of
 SDForum. "It is because of their guidance, inspiration and determination
 that the Silicon Valley continues to thrive and prosper as the world's
 foremost leader in technology innovation."
     About SDForum
     SDForum has been instrumental in setting the high tech industry agenda
 for more than 22 years. As a high-tech non-profit dedicated to educating
 and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum
 provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best
 business practices through events, specialized services and resources. The
 SDForum reaches 12,000 software professionals annually, through more than
 20 programs a month that promote emerging technologies and business
 practices. Long-standing relationships in Silicon Valley include software
 companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Sun Microsystems. In
 addition, SDForum has support from the City of San Jose, and sponsorship
 from over 30 venture capital firms, financial institutions, multinational
 enterprises, international trade organizations and service providers. For
 more information, visit
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