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Technology Investor & Founder of Vista Equity Partners

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 Robert F. Smith Biography

Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Equity Partners. He directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance, and investor relations. Vista is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, with more than $30 billion in cumulative capital commitments, and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 50,000 employees worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen over 250 completed transactions by the firm representing over $78 billion in transaction value.

Born in Colorado to two parents with PhDs, Mr. Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Mr. Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents.

In 1994, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley. As Co‐Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50 billion in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay, and Yahoo. He was the first person in San Francisco at Goldman to focus solely on technology mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith’s business achievements and global philanthropic works have received recognition from numerous entities ‐ including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chair’s Award, the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Robert Toigo Foundation, the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Investment Companies, the Pierre Toussaint Award from the Archdiocese of New York, and the Columbia University BBSA Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. Smith is the founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the African‐American experience, safeguarding human rights, providing music education, preserving the environment while promoting the benefits of the outdoors, and sustaining critical American values. In January 2016, Cornell University honored Mr. Smith’s leadership by naming the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Mr. Smith is the Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. He serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, as a Member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, and a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

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Robert F. Smith

Technology Investor & Founder of Vista Equity Partners

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Robert F. Smith Biography

Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Equity Partners. He directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance, and investor relations. Vista is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, with more than $30 billion in cumulative capital commitments, and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 50,000 employees worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen over 250 completed transactions by the firm representing over $78 billion in transaction value.

Born in Colorado to two parents with PhDs, Mr. Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Mr. Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents.

In 1994, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley. As Co‐Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50 billion in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay, and Yahoo. He was the first person in San Francisco at Goldman to focus solely on technology mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith’s business achievements and global philanthropic works have received recognition from numerous entities ‐ including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chair’s Award, the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Robert Toigo Foundation, the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Investment Companies, the Pierre Toussaint Award from the Archdiocese of New York, and the Columbia University BBSA Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. Smith is the founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the African‐American experience, safeguarding human rights, providing music education, preserving the environment while promoting the benefits of the outdoors, and sustaining critical American values. In January 2016, Cornell University honored Mr. Smith’s leadership by naming the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Mr. Smith is the Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. He serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, as a Member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, and a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

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  • How much does it cost to book Robert F. Smith?

    Booking fees for Robert F. Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert F. Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert F. Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert F. Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert F. Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert F. Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert F. Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robert F. Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert F. Smith for your event is available upon request. Robert F. Smith generally travels from Austin, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ray Dalio, Patrice Motsepe, Bernard "Bernie" Marcus, Rohan Gilkes and Shahid Khan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert F. Smith for an upcoming event.

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  • Robert F. Smith's speech at the 135th Commencement at ...
    May 19, 2019 ... Robert F. Smith's speech at the 135th Commencement at Morehouse College. MorehouseCollege. Loading... Unsubscribe from ...
    SIS Commencement Speaker Robert F. Smith - YouTube
    May 10, 2015 ... SIS Commencement Speaker Robert F. Smith. American University. Loading... Unsubscribe from American University? Cancel Unsubscribe.
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