22 Dec '11, 11am
Silicon Valley Introduces Corporate Philanthropy 2.0
One of the guiding lights who is dramatically reworking the landscape of corporate philanthropy 2.0 amongst Silicon Valley’s elite is Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, wife of Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and daughter of commercial real estate developer John Arrillaga Sr., who was famed for turning Silicon Valley into a tech center. In 1998, she was ahead of the curve, founding the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a group that takes tactics from both venture capitalism and philanthropy to provide grants to beginning non-profit organizations which address education, the environment and international development. SV2 now has almost 400 investors and just this past year donated more than $500k.