Videos

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

Philanthropy and Role Models

The fourth video from the interview: “NAIC Insights Live” hosted by Robert L. Greene, President and CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) featuring Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Greene asks Smith how he came to the idea of paying the entire student loan debt for the Morehouse College Class of 2019. They also talk about the power of inspiration and the effect of role models for traditionally disenfranchised groups.

NAIC: Risky Business or Just Cause

The third video from the interview: “NAIC Insights Live” hosted by Robert L. Greene, President and CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) featuring Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Smith and Greene talk about the element of risk-taking necessary to open opportunity for one’s self in business and how that relates to taking risks to ensure an equitable future.

NAIC: Defining Business Success Via STEM

The second video from the interview: “NAIC Insights Live” hosted by Robert L. Greene, President and CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) featuring Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Smith talks about how his background in chemical engineering helped him see the business world and carve his own definition of success.

NAIC: the Meaning of Student Success

The first video from the interview: “NAIC Insights Live” hosted by Robert L. Greene, President and CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) featuring Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Greene asks Smith to define what success meant to him as a student.

Robert F. Smith: 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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.