Chairman, Steve and Michele Kirsch FoundationMountain View, CA
Recognized as a philanthropic leader in Silicon Valley and beyond, Steve Kirsch is founder and chairman of Propel Software, and CEO of Abaca, both Silicon Valley start-ups. He is perhaps best known as the founder and chairman of Infoseek Corporation, an Internet navigation service that was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in November 1999. He has been involved with the Internet since 1972 when he worked with the "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf while attending high school. He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He and his wife Michele founded the Kirsch Foundation, which has pioneered creative initiatives on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.