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Steven Kirsch: Thinking outside the box  

Event Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6:15 pm to 8:10 pm, LKSC


Profile of Steven Kirsch

CEO of Abaca and Kirsch foundation

          Steve Kirsch is a philanthropist and entrepreneur based in San Jose, CA. He is CEO of Abaca, an anti-spam company and Chairman of the Kirsch Foundation which has donated millions of dollars to environmental and world safety issues.

Steve has been involved with the Internet and high-tech companies for more than 27 years. Since the early 80s, he has founded four other successful technology companies. At age 25, he started his first company, Mouse Systems Corporation. Four years later, he founded Frame Technology, which was acquired by Adobe. He founded Infoseek Corporation in 1994 which was acquired by Disney in 1999. As a result of his business successes, Red Herring Magazine included him on its "Top Ten Entrepreneurs 2000" list. Most recently, Forbes Magazine named him to its "Midas List".

In addition to his prolific entrepreneurial successes, Steve is also an active philanthropist. Together with his wife Michele, they started a $50 million foundation which donates to a wide variety of charitable causes. In 1999, Steve and Michele were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and recognized by Slate Magazine as the 8th largest charitable givers in America.

In 2007 Steve was diagnosed with Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia which motivated his interest in funding research and clinical trials on breakthrough cancer therapies.

Steve has kindly agreed to share his valuable time and insights with life-science postdoctoral researchers at Stanford, where he will discuss his experiences in funding cancer research, and impart some words of wisdom on how to successfully convert need-based ideas into practical solutions.