Videos

As a businessman, engineer, and philanthropist, Robert F. Smith has been invited to speak on a wide range of issues.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: The Best Time to Start a Business

In the seventh video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by former Dean of Engineering, Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith told Collins and audience members that he believed that it was a great time to start a business and explained why. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

In the sixth video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by former Dean of Engineering, Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith talked about the direction his philanthropy had taken in terms of creating on ramps to technology, so that disenfranchised people could find a way to participate in the digital revolution. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: The Rapidly Changing Tech Landscape 

In the fifth video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by former Dean of Engineering, Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith spoke about how he “anticipates what’s next” in the technology industry. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: How to Develop Entrepreneurial Traits 

In the fourth video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by the former Dean of Engineering, Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith talks about how to develop into an entrepreneur and the traits to hone to become one. The conversation included risk management and seeking the right culture in which talent can flourish. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: Developing Entrepreneurship 

In the third video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by the former Dean of Engineering, Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith talks about developing a philosophy of entrepreneurship and the importance of leaning into peers in other noncompetitive industries. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: Entrepreneurship Influenced by STEM Training 

In the second video clip of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell fireside chat hosted by the university’s  former Dean of Engineering Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith discusses the influence of engineering methodology on his perception and practice in the financial marketplace. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith at Cornell: On Ramps to Entrepreneurship 

In the first video segment of the 2017 Entrepreneurship at Cornell discussion hosted by then Dean of Engineering Lance Collins, Robert F. Smith discusses his journey to entrepreneur, which took an alternate path through chemical engineering to a career in finance. Smith’s remarks followed his receipt of Cornell’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Robert F. Smith on the Role of Corporate Engagement & Social Responsibility

The third video from the discussion: “Voter Suppression: A Human Rights Issue Or The Battle for the Ballot,” hosted by The Martin Luther King, Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Vista Equity Partners Founder, Chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith and Ken Chenault, Managing Director of venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners, discuss being “in the room” and the progress made and still to come on the topic of corporate responsibility regarding Civil Rights.

Robert F. Smith and the “Memo to Corporate America”

The second video from the discussion: “Voter Suppression: A Human Rights Issue Or The Battle for the Ballot,” hosted by The Martin Luther King, Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Vista Equity PartnersFounder, Chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith and Ken Chenault, Managing Director of venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners, share a few details behind the scenes regarding the historic anti-suppression document, “Memo to Corporate America: The Fierce Urgency is Now.”

Robert F. Smith on the Need for All Americans to Fully Participate in Our Democracy

The second video from the discussion: “Voter Suppression: A Human Rights Issue Or The Battle for the Ballot,” hosted by The Martin Luther King, Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Vista Equity Partners Founder, Chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith and Ken Chenault, Managing Director of venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners, discuss the historic inequities that generations of Black Americans fought through to finally achieve full equality under the law. The two CEOs discuss why Black executives are speaking out to ensure civil rights and voting access are not rolled back by regressive legislation.