Announcing our 2014 Visionary Awards Honorees!
We are honored to announce our 2014 Visionary Awards Honorees: Tim Draper, Jessica Jackley, Tim O'Reilly, and Tina Seelig!
Tim Draper has been at the forefront of innovation for over four decades. He has been a Venture Capitalist for 39 years, an angel investor to over 1,000 companies, and founding partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a legendary venture capital firm that gave rise to DFJ Ventures and DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with over 30 global offices. His continued commitment to education led to the recent development of the Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school dedicated to encouraging proactive entrepreneurship. Politically active, he recently launched “Six Californias” a statewide initiative to divide California into six new states.
Jessica Jackley is an extraordinary entrepreneur and investor. Her focus on affordable financial inclusion, combined with her commitment to a sharing economy and social justice, were a catalyst to her co-founding Kiva, the world’s first microlending website. Under Jessica's leadership, Kiva has provided a gateway for individuals to support businesses in underserved communities—over half a billion dollars in loans have been made to fledgling companies in 216 countries. Continuing her commitment to help others, she co-founded ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for US entrepreneurs. Jessica is also a visiting practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, an advisor 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.
Tim O’Reilly's original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people”. With that in mind, he grew his business organically. Upon graduation from Harvard, he began writing the computer user manuals known as the “animal books,” which are still the go-to reference books for developers. After the dot-com crash, he became a leader in the Web 2.0 renaissance and began GNN, the first commercial website. As the founder of O’Reilly Media, he defines the company as a technology transfer company that is “changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.” His successful career as an online book publisher, magazine publisher, and conference and event producer has made him a leader in disruptive media; however, Tim is not defined by any one area—he sees opportunities for advancement in technology through many different venues. One example is his Maker Faire, which has global recognition.
Dr. Tina Seelig is multi-talented and multi-titled: teacher, author, consultant, entrepreneur, and neuroscientist. She is Professor of the Practice in the Dept. of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University, where she is also Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University School of Engineering. To try to attribute one title to what Tina does in a single day would be impossible. She is dedicated to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and teaches “refining problems, challenging the assumptions and connecting and combining ideas” to Stanford students in her course on Creativity and Innovation (MS&E 277) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Dr. Seelig earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in 1985, where she studied neuroscience. Other accomplishments include management consulting for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation; she also founded the multimedia company called BookBrowser, and has written 16 popular science books and educational games.
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