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SDForum Announces 11th Annual 2008 Visionary Award Recipients

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced the recipients of the 2008 Visionary Awards. Each year SDForum honors leading industry visionaries who have fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship and have paved the way for new innovations in technology. These visionaries and distinguished business leaders have greatly contributed to shaping technology on a global level. Past recipients include Bill Gates, John Chambers, Gordon Moore, Ray Ozzie, Michael Moritz and Walt Mossberg.

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ — SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced the recipients of the 2008 Visionary Awards. Each year SDForum honors leading industry visionaries who have fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship and have paved the way for new innovations in technology. These visionaries and distinguished business leaders have greatly contributed to shaping technology on a global level. Past recipients include Bill Gates, John Chambers, Gordon Moore, Ray Ozzie, Michael Moritz and Walt Mossberg.

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 25, 2008:

Forest Baskett, General Partner, NEA Forest joined NEA in 1999 and focuses on information and energy technology investments. Present board memberships include Agility Design Solutions, Aprius, Arch Rock, Bandgap Engineering, Chelsio Communications, Foveon, Fulcrum Microsystems, Fusion-io, Illumitex, Luxtera, RingCube Technologies, Serious Materials, SiBEAM, Solar Junction, and T-RAM Semiconductor. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He also spent two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory building an operating system for the original Cray-1 computer and a year and a half at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Principal Scientist doing VLSI research. At Stanford, he worked with Andy Bechtolsheim on the SUN workstation project, with Jim Clark on the Geometry Engine project and with John Hennessy on the MIPS microprocessor project. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Diane Greene, President and CEO of VMware Diane Greene is President, CEO and co-founder of VMware. Under her leadership, VMware created the market for mainstream virtualization and definitively leads what is now a virtualization software industry. She has held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Sybase and Tandem and was CEO of VXtreme. Greene's degrees include mechanical engineering, naval architecture and computer science from the University of Vermont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California Berkeley, respectively. She serves on the board of VMware and Intuit. Reed Hastings, Founder of Netflix Reed Hastings founded Netflix in 1997 and launched the subscription service in 1999. In March 2007, Mr. Hastings was appointed to Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors. Earlier in his career, he founded Pure Software, which he built into one of the world's 50 largest public software companies. Reed is an active educational philanthropist and board member of many non-profits. From 2000 to 2004, he was president of the California State Board of Education and has led successful statewide political campaigns for more charter public schools and the easier passage of local school bonds. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS degree from Stanford University in 1988. He holds several patents. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Chairman of QUALCOMM Incorporated Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs is chairman of QUALCOMM Incorporated, a company he co-founded in 1985. As CEO through 2005, he led the commercialization of CDMA mobile wireless technology, now adopted for all third-generation cellular communications and used by over 500 million consumers worldwide for voice and mobile broadband Internet access. He holds thirteen CDMA patents. From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an assistant, then associate professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1966 to 1972 he served as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While at MIT, Dr. Jacobs co-authored with Jack Wozencraft a textbook in digital communications Principles of Communication Engineering. Dr. Jacobs received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively. In 2006, Dr. Jacobs was named Chair of the Salk Institute's Board of Trustees. He and his wife Joan have been cited by BusinessWeek among the 50 Most Generous Philanthropists in the United States. Steven Levy, Wired Steven Levy has been covering technology and the digital revolution since 1982 in periodicals, on the Web and in books. In June, he will become a senior writer for Wired magazine, where he has been a contributor since its inception. Previously, he was a senior editor and chief technology writer for Newsweek, where his duties included writing "The Technologist" column, which also appeared in the Washington Post. He has been a columnist for Popular Computing, Rolling Stone and Macworld, and has written for other publications including Esquire, the New Yorker and the Sunday New York Times Magazine. His books include "Hackers," "Artificial Life," "Insanely Great," "Crypto" and "The Perfect Thing."

The 2008 Visionary Awards ceremony is held at a private home and is sponsored by Microsoft, Nokia, Deloitte and DLA Piper.

"For the 11th year SDForum has the distinct honor of organizing this prestigious event, honoring the most accomplished individuals in technology for their unique contributions," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of SDForum. "As a result of their leadership, years of inspiration and outstanding vision for this industry, Silicon Valley continues to evolve and prosper as a global technology capital."

About SDForum

SDForum has been instrumental in setting the high tech industry agenda for more than 23 years. As a 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 technology companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, 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 http://www.sdforum.org.

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