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: 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.

Robert F. Smith on How Financial Literacy Will Help Policy Makers Understand Impacts

This is the sixth video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021. Robert F. Smith explains that unpacking and educating financial ideas is essential to helping communities understand what to ask for and for policy makers to shape the financial future of the people they represent.

Robert F. Smith on the Power of Community Pressure

This is the fifth video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021. Robert F. Smith explains how exclusionary practices have kept Black financial capital from taking part in reaping the benefits of investments. But he also describes how communities can apply pressure to gain access.

Robert F. Smith Describes How Small Black Businesses Can Scale

This is the fourth video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021. Robert F. Smith further describes his ideas about how modernized banking infrastructure can assist small Black businesses to scale and take part in the digital economy.

Robert F. Smith Explains How Financial Architecture Builds Wealth Ecosystems

This is the third video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021. In this clip, Robert F. Smith describes how to build the financial architecture needed for thriving ecosystems to exist in Black communities.

Robert F. Smith on Driving Capital to Black Communities

This is the second video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021. Robert F. Smith talks about how driving capital to Black communities means ensuring small banks can extend credit to local businesses so that those businesses can begin to scale.

Robert F. Smith on the History of Economic Injustice

This first video of a series taken from the Racial & Economic Justice Town Hall hosted by Roland Martin on April 11, 2021 introduces the concepts and historical economic practices that led to the current moment in history.