Videos

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

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.

The 2021 Presidents Summit Masterclass with Robert F. Smith closes out with Mr. Smith answering a range of questions. He shares the best advice he’s received, inspiration and aspects of his life during the pandemic.

Robert F. Smith considers the future of investing and the goals of growing business quickly, at scale and with more profitability. Mr. Smith also emphasizes the need to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of businesses. He references the importance of Vista’s employees and the Vista “ecosystem.”

Robert F. Smith expresses the importance of sharing knowledge throughout an organization, citing the success of information sharing at Vista Equity Partners. He notes the benefits of putting individuals from all levels of an organization together to discuss problems and share solutions.

Robert F. Smith discusses solutions for allowing businesses to grow and expand, while being conscious of greenhouse gas footprints and taking action to improve the impact on the ecosystem. Mr. Smith provides examples based on those within the Vista Equity Partners portfolio.

Robert F. Smith shares his opinion on the current state of investments. Mr. Smith considers changes over the past decade and the evolution of businesses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert F. Smith introduces himself and Vista Equity Partners before beginning the Presidents Summit Masterclass Principles for Excelling in the Future of Investing. He discusses his background and more about Vista.

Robert F. Smith participated in a discussion on MSNBC India, with Rev. Al Sharpton, about the state of accessible technology, specifically broadband in the United States. In this clip the subject under discussion is the lack of broadband in cities affecting urban minorities. The topic closed on President Biden’s infrastructure bill and how it could close the digital divide.

Robert F. Smith spoke on MSNBC India, with others including Rev. Al Sharpton, advocating for a solution wherein private and public sectors to work together to close the digital divide facing students and workers in the U.S. Smith talks about providing affordable quality access to broadband for all.

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper closed out their virtual interview at the 2021 Black Business Matters Expo by discussing how Smith uses his own business expertise to provide free educational materials for Black business owners, entrepreneurs and students. This event was hosted by AFRO News.