F5 Networks was added today to the S&P 500 Index, joining an exclusive club of Washington companies already listed including Amazon, Costco, Expedia, Expeditors International, Microsoft, Nordstrom, PACCAR. Starbucks, Nordstrom, Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser. F5's shareprice has been on a tear boosted by the growing popularity of cloud computing. The company's shareprice soared by another 3 percent Friday, ending the day valued at a whopping $11.6 billion. Who might be next? Maybe Dendreon. The company, whose treatment for prostate cancer treatment recently received FDA approval, has seen its public valuation soar to nearly $6 billion, up more than 500 percent from just a couple of years ago.
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for the UW and the local tech sector, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
Previous Tech Impact Champions
Tech Impact Champions are chosen not only for their achievements in technology but also for championing the region’s broader tech sector. Past inductees in Seattle Business magazine’s Hall of Technology Champions, previously called Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, are:
2012: John McAdams, former CEO, F5 Networks
2013: Jeremy Jaech, cofounder, Aldus and Visio, and chair emeritus, the Technology Alliance
2014: Steve Ballmer, former CEO, Microsoft
2015: Tom Alberg, cofounder, Madrona Venture Group