Kara Swisher

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Some Vision for Silicon Valley

Last night, party animal that I am, I also went to the SDForum‘s 10th Annual Visionary Awards, which was held at the house of well-known venture capitalist Heidi Roizen in Atherton, Calif.

The not-for-profit group for-profit gave out its yearly awards to four tech figures, including The Wall Street Journal’s Personal Technology columnist Walt Mossberg, who is also my partner in the D conference and the AllThingsD.com site, and, more important, my close friend. I was there to introduce him.

Other recipients were big tech players including wireless legend Craig McCaw (now running Eagle River Investments and Clearwire); game pioneer Trip Hawkins, now CEO of Digital Chocolate; and supercharged venture capitalist Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital.

There were cocktails, food and high-level schmoozery, along with the expected speeches and handing out of heavy glass awards. This was no Oscars, of course, given the distinct lack of evening gowns and no red carpet–the closest thing to glamor were discussions about the functionality of the iPod.

Here is my longish video of the event, with some snippets of speeches by Hawkins, McCaw, Moritz and Walt at the end:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik