Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. The BizWorld Foundation honors Ron Conway for his keen entrepreneurial skills at their seventh annual luncheon and he parlays those same skills to help raise funds for a new children’s hospital.
Company: SV Angles
Industry: Venture Capitalism
What Makes Him Haute: This prolific angel investor who took an early interest in Google has put his faith and his funds in more than 500 companies over the years. Some of the big name businesses that have counted Conway as a guardian angel include Ask Jeeves and PayPal, along with some of his more current charges like Digg, Facebook, Twitter and Associated Content Inc. No wonder the world knows him as the “Godfather of Silicon Valley.”
What Makes Him Now: The BizWorld Foundation, a supporter of business education in the classroom, will honor Ron Conway for his innovative entrepreneurial endeavors at their seventh annual luncheon. “Ron Conway is an amazing visionary and we are honored to have him speak on behalf of The BizWorld Foundation,” said Harry Gould Chairman of BizWorld. The Bay area’s leading CEOs and venture capitalists will also be attendance to help support the teaching of business, finance and entrepreneurship to the next generation. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit The BizWorld Foundation. Conway is also lending his chops to help raise funding for a children’s hospital. The University of California, San Francisco and Causes.com have reinvented new media fundraising by enlisting the help of Conway and others to get multiple individual donations. People can form teams to sponsor funding, and those entrepreneurs that reach 75 voters will have a chance to pitch their idea or start-up to Conway.