HANAHAUS VENTURE TALK WITH VINTON G. CERF
Join us for an evening conversation with Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.
This event is part of a new monthly event series organized jointly by SAP Silicon Valley, Sapphire Ventures, and HanaHaus. Each event will bring together pioneers and thought leaders of Silicon Valley to discuss significant trends in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and technology. We look forward to welcoming you to our next event on October 25.
• 6:00pm-6:30pm – Check-in and Networking
• 6:30pm-7:15pm – Fireside Chat with Vinton G. Cerf
• 7:15pm-8:00pm – Closing Networking Reception
Please register on Eventbrite.
This event will be live-streamed via the following link.
Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he contributes to global policy development and continued standardization and spread of the Internet. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.
In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award, sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science", in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) where he worked on information infrastructure and digital libraries. As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data transport and security technologies.
Cerf was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Science Board beginning in February 2013. He served as president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from 2012-2014. He served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and has served on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous additional awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006 and in February 2011, he was named a Stanford Engineering School “Hero” for his work on the Internet and received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA.
About Sapphire Ventures:
Sapphire Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on helping innovative technology companies become global category leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With $2.5 billion under management via direct growth investments and early-stage fund investments, Sapphire Ventures is positioned to elevate companies to the global stage.
About SAP Silicon Valley:
For nearly 25 years, SAP Labs Silicon Valley has been in the epicenter of global innovation and technology for SAP customers and partners. Today, as the largest non-US company in the Valley, SAP’s investment and influence continues to be exponential by forging tight relationships with top tech brands like Apple and Google, NVIDIA and Slack or early stage disruptors through SAP.iO. Beyond enabling this revolutionary ecosystem, SAP Labs Silicon Valley empowers customers’ digital transformation with tremendous Cloud knowledge, access to SAP Leonardo innovations, and experience in Line of Business solutions like Ariba, Concur, Hybris, and SuccessFactors and delivers award-winning, Design-Thinking-inspired User Experience capabilities and insight.