Steve Kirsch bio

 


Steve Kirsch is a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. His companies have pioneered technologies such as the optical mouse, web search, wysiwyg document editing, and anti-spam. Two years ago, he decided to take on the problems with digital identity and password proliferation by starting OneID in 2012. In Feb 2014, OneID was named one of the "World's Top 10 Most Innovative Company in Finance" by Fast Company.  In March 2014, he started Cointrust to solve the security and compliance problems with Bitcoin. Regulators and lawmakers are supportive of Cointrust's unique approach to ensuring compliance and restoring public confidence in Bitcoin. Steve has SB and SM degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.


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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 Kirsch is founder and CEO of OneID, a new startup focused on delivering a user-centric identity that is compliant with NSTIC principles. He is a serial entrepreneur and has founded five other high technology companies: Infoseek, Frame Technology, Mouse Systems, Abaca, and Propel. Steve holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.


Steve Kirsch is CEO of OneID, a new startup company which is seeking to fix the digital identity problem on the Internet by creating a new user-centric Internet-scale digital identity system that uses public key cryptography to replace usernames and passwords with a single, stable, secure, digital identity that preserves privacy and is compatible with the NSTIC goals. Steve is a serial entrepreneur and has started and run five other ventures: Mouse Systems, Frame Technology, Infoseek, Propel, and Abaca with a collective market capitalization of over $2 billion. Red Herring Magazine included him on its "Top Ten Entrepreneurs 2000" list and Forbes Magazine named him to its "Midas List." In 1995, Steve was named one of the 50 most influential people in cyberspace by Newsweek magazine. In 2003, he received a National Caring Award from the Caring Institute. In 1997, he was named an inaugural Crown fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has a Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Steve Kirsch is CEO of Propel Software Corp., a new startup company that provides Internet acceleration software. He previously founded and led Infoseek Corporation, a leading Internet navigation service, before its acquisition in 1999 by the Walt Disney Company. A seasoned entrepreneur, he started Frame Technology in 1986 and Mouse Systems in 1982. 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". Steve is an active philanthropist. Together with his wife Michele, they started a $50 million foundation that donates to a wide variety of charitable causes. Steve holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Steve Kirsch is CEO of Propel, a new startup company that provides Internet acceleration software. 

Steve has been involved with the Internet and high-tech companies for more than 27 years. Since the early 80s, he has founded three 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. 

Steve is 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. 

Steve holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Steven T. Kirsch - Brief Biography

Steve Kirsch, 45, is the founder and CEO of Propel Software Corporation, which develops software for  improving the Internet experience. He previously founded and led Infoseek Corporation, a leading Internet navigation service, before its acquisition in 1999 by the Walt Disney Company. A seasoned entrepreneur, he started Frame Technology in 1986 and Mouse Systems in 1982. As a result of his business successes, Red Herring Magazine included him on its "Top Ten Entrepreneurs 2000" list and San Jose Magazine included him in its "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley" list in 2001. Most recently, Forbes Magazine named him to its "Midas List".

Mr. Kirsch and his wife, Michele, established the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation at Community Foundation Silicon Valley in 1999 after a decade of charitable giving to further their extensive philanthropic interests. With current assets in excess of $30M, the Foundation engages both in grantmaking and lobbying/advocacy activities in areas ranging from curing disease to eliminating weapons of mass destruction to cleaning up the air. The Foundation's mission is: "We invest in causes where high-impact, leverageable activities can result in a safer and healthier world. Using whatever means are most effective, we work to solve significant problems and issues that place individuals, the world community, and the world itself at risk."

As well-known Silicon Valley philanthropists, Steve and Michele Kirsch were honored as "1999 Outstanding Philanthropists" by the Silicon Valley chapter of NSFRE. They were ranked #8 on the Slate 60, (an article portraying the largest American charitable contributions of 1999), and number 96 on the Worth Magazine list of the "100 Most Generous Americans" in 1999.

In addition to his charitable endeavors, Mr. Kirsch is active in political issues on a national level. He established the Center for Innovative Policies to pursue his commitment to sustainable energy and for educational reform. He participates actively in the lobbying activities of his foundation and his center.

Mr. Kirsch is a member of several nonprofit boards, including the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, The Tech Museum of Innovation and The History Museum Center. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Ploughshares Fund, which is known as the "mutual fund for peace and security", and on the Undergraduate Education Visiting Committee of MIT.

He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Bio #2

Steve Kirsch, 44, is CEO of Propel, a new startup company that provides Internet acceleration software.

In September 2000, Steve was named "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000" by Red Herring. In 1995, Steve was named one of the 50 most influential people in cyberspace by Newsweek magazine. He is a 1997 Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and an active philanthropist. He was named "1999 Outstanding Philanthropist" by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and was named in the April 2000 Worth magazine annual list of the "100 Most Generous Americans." He has a $50M charitable foundation and serves on the board of five charitable organizations.

Prior to Propel, Steve founded Infoseek in 1994, Frame Technology in 1986, and Mouse Systems in 1982. He has been involved with the Internet since 1972 when he worked at the first ARPANET node as a systems programmer while attending high school. He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Steven T. Kirsch - Brief Biography

Steve Kirsch is the founder and CEO of Propel, a new startup company that provides scalable data management software. He previously founded and led Infoseek Corporation before its acquisition in 1999 by the Walt Disney Company. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Kirsch started Frame Technology in 1986 and Mouse Systems in 1982. He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Mr. Kirsch, named one of the 50 most influential people in cyberspace in 1995 by Newsweek magazine, and his wife established the $50M Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation to further their extensive philanthropic interests. They were honored as "1999 Outstanding Philanthropists" by the Silicon Valley chapter of National Society Fund Raising Executives.

POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION (courtesy of Kara Iwahashi)

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe our speaker Steve Kirsch. 

Named by San Jose Magazine as one of "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley," Steve has received numerous awards including the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000" award from Red Herring magazine, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and the "Visionary Award" from the Software Development Forum.

After having a successful career as the inventor of the optical mouse and founder and CEO of million dollar start-ups like Frame Technology, Infoseek Corporation and Propel, Steve, along with his wife Michele has embarked on a new venture, philanthropy.

Formally established within the Community Foundation Silicon Valley in 1999, The Kirsch Foundation has given generous support to many organizations and causes including medical research, education, the identification of asteroids, nuclear disarmament, the environment, campaign finance reform, etc. 

Rather than lend his name and be a background player, Steve has taken a hands-on approach to the causes he supports and personally engages himself in activities and lobbying. He has been commended and recognized by numerous officials on the local, state, and federal level for his involvement promoting zero emission vehicles, including receiving the "Outstanding Leadership Award" for promoting the use of Zero Emission Vehicles from the American Lung Association of the Bay Area

For their generosity and sincerity, the Kirsches have received numerous awards including the 1999 Outstanding Philanthropists award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives/Silicon Valley Chapter. They were also recognized by Slate on-line magazine as the eight-largest charitable givers in the United States for that same year and have been listed in Worth magazine's annual list of the "100 Most Generous Americans."

In a time where many non-profits are feeling the crunch of an economic downturn, Steve Kirsch is one of the few individuals who truly embraces the spirit of philanthropy and serves as a role model for all of us. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in welcoming Steve Kirsch.

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Steve Kirsch

Steve Kirsch is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist.

He is the founder and CEO of Propel, a San Jose, California company that provides software for accelerating regular dialup phone lines to broadband data rates. Steve has been involved with the Internet since 1972 when he worked at the first ARPANET node as a systems programmer while attending high school. Prior to starting Propel, he founded Infoseek in 1994, which was acquired by Disney in 1999, Frame Technology in 1986 which was bought by Adobe, and Mouse Systems in 1982 which he started when he was 25 years old. 

Named by San Jose Magazine as one of "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley", Steve has received numerous awards, including the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000" award from Red Herring magazine. Recently, he was ranked #2 in profitability on the Forbes "Midas List" for 2002. Steve also serves on the boards of five charitable organizations and was named in the April 2000 Worth magazine annual list of the "100 Most Generous Americans".

In the early 1990s, Steve and his wife Michele began making substantial contributions to charitable causes. In 1999, they started a new nonprofit charitable foundation with a $50 million endowment. Through the Kirsch Foundation, Steve and Michele have donated to a wide variety of causes including energy policy, medical research, education, nuclear disarmament, the environment and campaign finance reform. But unlike many donors who simply lend their name and remain quietly in the background, Steve has taken a hands-on approach to the causes he supports. He personally engages himself in issue advocacy and energetically contributes his ideas and his creativity to the furtherance of those issues. Although relatively new on the scene, the Kirsch Foundation has already achieved some notable legislative successes. He has been working at both the state and national levels to urge lawmakers to formulate long-term measurable goals supported by credible business plans to achieve those goals.

Steve was raised in Los Angeles, California and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California with his wife, Michele, and their two young children.

Bio #5

Steve Kirsch is CEO of Propel, a new startup company that provides scalable data management software.

Steve has been involved with the Internet and high-tech companies for more than 27 years. By age 12, he was programming IBM mainframe computers. He has founded three other successful technology companies: Mouse Systems Corporation, Frame Technology, and Infoseek Corporation. Steve holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bio #6

Steven T. Kirsch - CEO, Propel Corporation. Founder of Infoseek Corporation. In 1995 was named one of the 50 most influential people in cyberspace by Newsweek magazine. He is a 1997 Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and an active philanthropist. He has a $50M charitable foundation and serves on the board of five non-profit organizations. Prior to Infoseek, founded Frame Technology in 1986 and Mouse Systems in 1982. Has been involved with the Internet since 1972 when he worked at the first ARPANET node as a systems programmer while attending high school. Has B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

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Steven Kirsch, founder and CEO of Propel Software Corporation, will present the commencement address on the topic of "The 10 Most Important Lessons I've Learned Since I Graduated from College." Kirsch has been involved with the Internet and high-tech companies for more than 27 years, has had a successful career as the inventor of the optical mouse, and has been a founder and CEO of several million-dollar start-ups.

Named by San Jose Magazine as one of "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley," Kirsch has received numerous awards including the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000" award from Red Herring magazine, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and the "Visionary Award" from the Software Development Forum.

He and his wife, Michele, have embarked on a new venture, philanthropy. Formally established in 1999 within the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, the $50 million Kirsch Foundation has given generous support to many organizations and causes including medical research, education, the identification of asteroids, nuclear disarmament, the environment and campaign finance reform. Two years ago their Foundation awarded a $2 million grant to help fund an energy-efficient, climate-responsive building on the De Anza campus that will be called the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies.

 

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Steven and Michele Kirsch Biography

Steve Kirsch, 50, is an MIT graduate with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has since built a highly successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur. Steve is the founder and CEO of Abaca Technology Corporation which has developed a breakthrough new algorithm for accurately filtering out spam. He previously founded and led Infoseek Corporation, a leading Internet navigation service, before its acquisition in 1999 by the Walt Disney Company. As a result of his business successes, Red Herring Magazine included him on its "Top Ten Entrepreneurs 2000" list and San Jose Magazine included him in its "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley" list in 2001. In 2002, Forbes Magazine named him to its "Midas List".  In 2003, he received a National Caring Award from the Caring Institute. In 1997, he was named an inaugural Crown fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Michele Kirsch is a graduate of Mills College with a J.D. from Santa Clara University who was at one time in the real estate industry. While Michele's primary focus is raising her family, she also serves as a volunteer leader with groups involved in children's health, criminal justice reform, and resources for teachers.

Steve and Michele established the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation at Community Foundation Silicon Valley in 1999 after a decade of charitable giving to further their extensive philanthropic interests. With current assets of $10 million, the Foundation engages both in grantmaking and lobbying/advocacy activities in areas ranging from curing disease to eliminating weapons of mass destruction to cleaning up the air. The Foundation's mission is: "We invest in causes where high-impact, leverageable activities can result in a safer and healthier world. Using whatever means are most effective, we work to solve significant problems and issues that place individuals, the world community, and the world itself at risk."

Steve and Michele's commitment to the environment is evident in their grantmaking. In addition to their support for Hidden Villa, Steve and Michele made a substantial grant to De Anza Community College for the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. Groundbreaking on the center began earlier this year. The Kirsch Foundation devotes $300,000 in grants annually to support local, regional, statewide and national groups working to improve air quality and decrease global warming impacts. Further, the Foundation allocates significant resources each year to public policy and lobbying focused on decreasing pollution in California and nationally.

As well-known Silicon Valley philanthropists, Steve and Michele Kirsch were honored as "1999 Outstanding Philanthropists" by the Silicon Valley chapter of NSFRE. They were ranked #8 on the Slate 60, (an article portraying the largest American charitable contributions of 1999), and number 96 on the Worth Magazine list of the "100 Most Generous Americans" in 1999.

Junior Achievement of Santa Clara County honored Steve at its 15th Annual Business Hall of Fame as one of its five Laureates in April 2001. Business Hall of Fame Laureates have a record of business achievement and exemplify the qualities of business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, and inspiring leadership which allows them to serve as role models for youth.

In August 2001, Steve and Michele were among 25 honorees at the 2001 Points of Light Celebration that salutes the top San Francisco Bay Area volunteers.

Steve and Michele were honored at the People Acting in Community Together (PACT) luncheon in November 2002, as leading Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists.

San Jose Magazine and Wells Fargo Bank presented Steve with the 2003 Legacy Award in November 2003. Recipients of the award are chosen as a result of their decision to draw on personal wealth to benefit either the surrounding community or the greater society.

Steve personally accepted the Caring Award from the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C., in November 2003, on behalf of Michele and himself. The Caring Institute celebrates those special individuals who, in transcending self, devote their lives in service to others, especially the disadvantaged, the poor, the disabled and the dying. Its mission is to promote the values of caring, integrity and public service.

In addition to his charitable endeavors, Mr. Kirsch is active in political issues at the national and state level, and actively participates in the lobbying activities of his foundation.

Mr. Kirsch is a member of several nonprofit boards, including the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, The Tech Museum of Innovation and The History Museum Center. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Ploughshares Fund, which is known as the "mutual fund for peace and security", and on the Undergraduate Education Visiting Committee of MIT.

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Steve Kirsch, 48, is successful high tech entrepreneur and businessman. Steve is the founder and Chairman of Propel Software Corporation, a company which is developing anti-spam software. He previously founded and led Infoseek Corporation, a leading Internet navigation service, before its acquisition in 1999 by the Disney Company for $2 billion. Kirsch is one of the country's leading experts on junk faxes. He created the Internet website junkfax.org which is regarded as the #1 site on the Internet for information about junk faxes. Kirsch is also a leading authority on the major junk fax broadcasters. Kirsch's enforcement efforts over a 2 year period led to a federal injunction which shut down fax.com, formerly the world's large junk faxer which had been sending over 2 million unwanted faxes a day. His investigation into junk faxes promoting illegal stocks led to an SEC lawsuit against an international ring of stock fraud perpetrators 6 months after Kirsch first exposed them on the junkfax.org website. Kirsch is just about the last person on the planet you want to send a junk fax to. He has filed over 50 junk fax lawsuits and he has never lost a case. Red Herring Magazine included him on its "Top Ten Entrepreneurs 2000" list and San Jose Magazine included him in its "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley" list in 2001. In 2002, Forbes Magazine named him to its "Midas List" and he's been on Worth magazine's annual list of the "100 Most Generous Americans" and "25 Most Generous Young Americans."

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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.

Possible talk abstracts

Named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and recognized by Slate Magazine in 1999 as the 8th largest charitable giver in America, Steve has donated millions of dollars to a huge range of causes, ranging from curing cancer to asteroid research. He'll describe how he got started as a philanthropist, how he decides where and how much to give, and what he's learned from others about giving.

Introduction at Family Foundations Conference

Opening Plenary Breakfast
Steven Kirsch, Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation

Steve Kirsch, founder of Infoseek and other technology companies, has been listed among the "100 Most Generous Americans" by Worth magazine and "The Power 100 of Silicon Valley" by San Jose Magazine. With his wife, Michele, Steve became active in philanthropy in the early 1990s, and later created the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation with a core strategy of finding solutions rather than addressing symptoms. Their goals are ambitious: curing major diseases, saving the world from potential total destruction and reforming politics.

Discover how one philanthropist combines a passion to ensure a better world for future generations and an entrepreneurial spirit to blaze a new trail for charitable giving and political advocacy.

Steve Kirsch
Founder and CTO

Steve Kirsch has been at the forefront of tech innovation for more than three decades. He invented and owns a patent on an early version of the optical mouse, founded Infoseek, one of the first Internet search engines, and helped create FrameMaker, a popular publication tool used by technical writers. Steve is a serial entrepreneur and has founded six companies: Mouse Systems, FrameTechnology (acquired by Adobe), Infoseek (acquired by Disney), Propel, Abaca, and OneID. In September 2011, Steve started OneID a next-generation digital identity service that provides a safe and easy way to sign into websites and make payments online, eliminating the need for multiple usernames and passwords. Kirsch calls OneID his “best idea ever.” Steve holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Really sick of having 357 different usernames and password; helped rid the world of junk faxes; his charitable foundation can be found at: www.kirschfoundation.org.

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Steve Kirsch

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Steve Kirsch is responsible for the overall architecture of the OneID identity service as well as overseeing the development of new technologies. Steve has been at the forefront of tech innovation for more than three decades. He has founded six companies: Mouse Systems, FrameTechnology (acquired by Adobe), Infoseek (acquired by Disney), Propel, Abaca, and OneID. He calls OneID his “best idea ever.” Steve holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. His interests outside of work include golf, downhill skiing, ridding the world of spam and junk faxes, and trying to get the US government to aggressively develop fast nuclear reactors. On December 16, 2007, CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney admitted on "60 Minutes" that he liked Steve. In 2003, Hillary Clinton presented Steve with a National Caring Award from the Caring Institute in Washington DC. The award celebrates those special individuals who, in transcending self, devote their lives in service to others, especially the disadvantaged, the poor, the disabled and the dying.

 

 

 

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