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 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.
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."
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 www.sdforum.org.
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