Videos

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.