Drew Major Inducted To UVEF Hall of Fame

The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) announces the induction of Novell founder, tech guru, and prolific entrepreneur Drew Major into the UVEF Hall of Fame in a program hosted at the BYU Hinckley Center Nov. 1st. Inductees represent individuals and organizations with an enduring legacy of entrepreneurial excellence. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with many great people over the years: my Superset partners, Ray Noorda and the Novell team, and folks at Arroyo / Cisco and Move Networks”, said Drew Major. “We recognized the power in connecting computers together and were able to develop products that provided great value to our customers.” Known as the “Father of Netware,” Drew was one of the leaders in the development of computer networks. At its peak, Novell held 75% of world market share for network operating systems. At the epicenter of the birth of personal computer networking in 1981, Drew and his partners recognized the value in enabling PCs to share files, printers, and other resources via a local area network (LAN). One estimate states that NetWare’s $1 billion in annual sales resulted in a 40X annual multiplier effect in associated hardware, software, and value-added sales. The broad deployment of LANs was the key foundational element upon which the Internet was built. “The long tail influence of Drew’s career on Utah’s tech industry is huge,” states Ken Kaufman, 2013 UVEF Chairman. “Hundreds of startup companies and tens of thousands of jobs are among the benefits we enjoy in the wake of economic growth coming from Drew Major. This news today will travel around the globe leveraging technology developed directly or indirectly...

UVEF Presents: Hall of Fame Social Featuring Drew Major

UVEF will honor the entrepreneurial contributions of Drew Major in our Hall of Fame event this November 1st.   Drew was a co-founder at Novell and was the principle architect and developer of the NetWare operating system. Drew is credited with inventing the Local Area Network and pioneering computer network technologies that have become the backbone of every computerized industry. His work helped grow Novell to an international software powerhouse, raising Novell to become one of Utah’s largest and most successful employers and spawning the Utah County tech boom that solidified our footing as one of the hottest tech-producing markets in the world. Drew has gone on to grow industry success in Move Networks and many other projects that continue to challenge current thinking and raise the bar on the expectations of network computing. Please join UVEF in recognition of Drew’s work, contribution to our community, and continued excellence as we induct him into our UVEF Hall of Fame. The evening will be emcee’d by David Bradford, who served as Novell’s senior counsel and worked closely with Drew from the earliest years of Novell; David is sure to share some personal insight and interesting stories as he relates Novell’s early experiences through the eyes of the legal team tasked with protecting Drew’s work in a highly competitive atmosphere. Date:            Friday, November 1, 2013 Time:            6:30 – 8:30 pm Pre Event:    6:00 pm reception with Nominee-Drew Major, VIP guests and sponsors Location:       BYU Hinckley Center...

WTC Announces 17 Finalists for the Sixth Annual Women Tech Awards

The Women Tech Council is excited to announce the 17 finalists for the Sixth Annual Women Tech Awards. The program recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community. The event is presented by Ernst & Young, Stoel Rives, USTAR, ATK, eBay, HireVue, Wells Fargo and MountainWest Capital Network.  The finalists and award recipients will be honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at the Grand America Hotel. Over the past six years WTC has recognized 90 women and hosted 125+ STEM high school students at the event. Recently the WTC launched a scholarship program that presented 7 high school students, pursuing STEM degrees, scholarships. This will be the third year the awards will include the Academic Excellence Award for university level students. We are excited to honor these twenty outstanding women in technology. Finalists, listed alphabetically, are as follows: Shani Allsop, Rees Capital Elena Balasa, L-3 Communications Catherine Ball, Ancestry.com Cheryl Conner, Snapp Conner PR Cathy Donahoe, Domo Ashley Dreier, Health Equity Melissa Floor, Chargeback.com Sharlene Hawkes, Remember My Service Amanda Hudson, Western Governors Univ. Maile Keone, VacationRoost Kristi Knight, Vivint Sarah Lehman, ENVE Denise Leleux, eBay Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Lynda Talgo, eBay Zlatina Todorov, O.C. Tanner Clare Wysocki, ATK Three Student Finalists: Sara Ehlert, Brigham Young University Rosalie Griffin, University of Utah Dayna Stevenson, Westminster College The keynote speaker is Jennifer Lawton the president of MakerBot. She previously held the title of chief strategy officer.  Lawton has been with MakerBot since 2011 and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, including strategic partnerships, product...

Jennifer Lawton of MakerBot to Keynote 2013 Women Tech Awards

The Women Tech Council is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lawton, president of MakerBot, a leader in the desktop 3D printing industry and recently named by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” will address the 6th annual Women Tech Awards luncheon.  The event will be held Thursday, September 12, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Jennifer Lawton represents the great things women are doing in technology.  3D printing is leading the Next Industrial Revolution and changing design and prototyping as we know it today. Lawton is at the forefront of that industry, helping drive one of the top 3D printing companies in the world. MakerBot is headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, was founded in 2009.  The company was recently acquired by Stratasys for more than $400M. Lawton will keynote and help recognize this year’s Women Tech Award finalists and recipients. “The Women Tech Council is thrilled to have Jennifer Lawton keynote the awards,” said Cydni Tetro, Women Tech Council President.  “She is an outstanding example of women in technology and a trailblazer in the 3D printing industry.” Jennifer Lawton Jennifer Lawton is the president of MakerBot. Lawton has been with MakerBot since 2011 and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, including strategic partnerships, product development, and retail.  In addition to her work with MakerBot, she is a respected company builder, technologist, and advocate for fostering entrepreneurship. In 1991, Lawton co-founded Net Daemons Associates (NDA), an information technology-consulting firm. With Lawton as CEO, NDA was recognized on the 1998 Inc. 500 list...

UVEF Top 25 Under 5 Recipients Announced!

The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) today announced winners of its 2013 “Top 25 Under Five” Award, spotlighting outstanding Utah entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Award ceremonies were held at Zion’s Bank in Provo with Utah Insurance Solutions sponsoring the event. UVEF recognized Boostability as the #1 winner among the top 25. The largest provider of SEO services in the SMB market space, Boostability has more than 10,000 customers and 275 employees. Today’s Top 25 have collectively created more than 700 jobs and $158 million in revenue in 2012. “This year’s Top 25 Under 5 are among the most diverse groups ever honored here,” said UVEF 2013 chairman Ken Kaufman. “These companies are ‘what’s right’ about Utah’s growing economy.” This year’s other award recipients are Edge Homes, MoneyDesktop, Jamberry Nails, PcCareSupport, Peak Capital Partners, Orabrush, Inc., KT Tape, Decisions, Persnickety Clothing Company, BambooHR, Weave, BizVision, LLC, Launch Leads, Lancera, US MRI, Firefly Innovations LLC, Outbox Systems, Fit Marketing, Professional Cable, Ascent Advisor, Crux, Sprint Marketing, FundingDatabase.com LLC, and Red Wagon Toys. Serving as emcee for today’s event was Carine Clark, CEO for Allegiance. Allegiance is a leader in gathering, analyzing and disseminating customer feedback for its clients. This year is UVEF’s fourteenth Top 25 Under Five competition. UVEF has highlighted more than 300 companies through the history of this competition, including Orange Soda, Omniture, Skullcandy and Xango, among many...

UVEF Top 25 Under 5 2013

UVEF Presents: The Top 25 Under 5 Top 25 Under 5 Awards Ceremony July 11, Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Zions Bank Tower, Provo. Top 25 Under Five spotlights outstanding Utah entrepreneurs and emerging companies from across the state. Award recipients will be recognized at our Award Ceremony Luncheon on July 11th. Our emcee for the event this year is Carine Clark, CEO of Allegiance. UVEF’s Top 25 Under Five Awards have recognized the development of more than 200 individuals and companies, including Utah success stories like ZAGG, Agel Enterprises, Allegiance, Interbank FX, Seastone, Altiris, Omniture, and Xango among many others. Applicants are judged on several factors including revenue and job creation. No cost for this event to current UVEF members. $25 for visitors.  RSVP now, space is limited! GPS to the Event: Zion’s Bank, 180 North University Ave., Ste. 800 in Provo, UT, 84601 About UVEF The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) is a volunteer non-profit support group linking entrepreneurs to Money, Markets and Mentors. Celebrating 25 years of new business success, UVEF empowers current and future business leaders to thrive in today’s competitive market. We provide real-world, practical education and valuable resources on how to access needed capital, attract new customers and tap into industry experts. We welcome new members. Meet Our...