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Happy Anniversary, Adobe!

This month we celebrate our 30th anniversary, a major milestone for technology companies.  We are in very rare company of those who have thrived over such a period by both making the billion-dollar-a-year and billion-dollar-a-quarter milestones.

This success over the past 30 years is as a result of a relentless focus on innovation and customers first set by our founders, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke. Our impact on every form of communication has been profound – every magazine, every newspaper and web site, images that you encounter,  video and application on mobile devices – chances are Adobe has played a major role in its creation.

As we continued to evolve our company, we decided that as all businesses moved mobile and online, we needed to expand our offerings beyond creation to management, measurement and monetization.  Through organic innovation and targeted acquisitions, we’ve aligned our strategy around Digital Media – the creation of content, and Digital Marketing – the business of content.  Our goal is to make every digital experience across every device a high-impact experience.

The single biggest reason this vision is possible is our employees around the world.  We are a truly globally diverse company with over 10,000 employees.  Our core values of genuine, innovative, exceptional and involved are what set Adobe apart.

Happy anniversary, Adobe, and here’s to many more great years to come!

The Valley

Earlier this week, Adobe celebrated its 30th year in business. In its storied history, it has grown from a small private company focused on developing and promulgating a common way to exchange documents – a major problem during the advent of the PC era – into a wellspring of innovative technologies that enable people to create digitally and to receive more tailored and personally relevant digital marketing.

When I interviewed for my new role, I had the opportunity to meet with the two founders, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.  At the end of our conversation, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask them a distinctly non-interview type question: “Do you ever take a look in the mirror in the morning, consider Adobe’s size, the jobs you have created and the technological impact you have had on the world, and wonder – how did this happen?”

The immediate response from both: “Every single day.”

While Chuck and John are legendary in the tech industry for many reasons, including their warmth and humility, another way to understand their response is as an acknowledgment that there are many external factors that are determinative of a company’s success.  For inchoate technology businesses, one of the most important is whether they are located in Silicon Valley. With all deference to Seattle, Bangalore, Tel Aviv and even Des Moines there is something truly unique about this thirty mile stretch of the world. Countless MBA students, journalists and consultants have tried to analyze why this area has spawned so many successful global companies. Some say it’s the result of ready access to capital flowing from Sand Hill Road. Others attribute it to the proximity of educational institutions like Stanford, UC Berkley and the University of Santa Clara. For others, it’s the cultural and intellectual diversity.

Most likely it is all of these. Longtime residents (I’m one of them) tend to take it all for granted as the innovation surrounds us.

Take a day I had a few weeks ago, as a case in point:

  •  I started the morning having breakfast with a board member of a company where I had previously worked. He wanted to move back into an operating role and was trying to decide whether he wanted to go to a large public company or a small, pre-IPO, start-up.
  • At lunch that day, I spoke with a friend who had spent the last 10 years working as a senior engineer at a half dozen companies in the Valley, including a couple of start-ups and several technology behemoths.
  •  Driving back to the office, I passed the campuses of Oracle, Facebook, Intel and Cisco representing a collective market cap of over $400 billion and employing over 600,000. At one point along the drive I was passed by a Google’s driverless car. We see them so often now during rush hour that they are often unnoticed.
  • When I returned to the office, I exchanged emails with a couple of former colleagues. One has created an interesting social networking company for people who are caring for loved ones with medical conditions. The other works for a private company  that has developed a small, unmanned, self-propelled, ocean going device that can be used for an array of tasks ranging from mapping the oceans to monitoring oil spills and the effects of climate change.
  • To close the day, my wife and I attended the Tech Museum’s Tech Award dinner as guests of some friends, one of whom is an entrepreneur with a company that has developed an application that provides users with awards for the miles they walk, run and cycle, which they donate to the charity of their choice. If getting healthy isn’t enough of a motivation, how about exercising to help others?
  • The Tech Awards is an impressive event where several thousand people come together to celebrate entrepreneurs who are creating technology to solve some of mankind’s more pressing problems. Three award winners that stood out included: Simpa Networks, a company that has created a pay-as-you go mobile payment system permitting people to access affordable solar energy in areas lacking access to reliable electricity; Professors from UCDavis who received an award for developing a rice gene that permits crops to be grown even in flood-prone areas (Rice, a key dietary staple for much of the world, is grown in areas that are susceptible to flooding, which, given the impact of climate change, will only worsen); and the developers of the BioLite Home Stove who received recognition for their solution to health problems impacting rural citizens of the world who rely on indoor fires for cooking. The BioLite stove uses an innovative design to deliver a low cost, highly efficient, wood burning stove that not only greatly reduces smoke and other harmful emissions, but also generates electricity to power cell phones and LED lights.

Driving home from the event at the end of that day, I felt profoundly inspired (and wishing I had gone to engineering school rather than getting a law degree). Looking out at the lights from the office buildings around me, I decided that what’s truly unique about Silicon Valley isn’t days like this, but rather that every day is like this.

Note: This post is cross-posted from Mike Dillon’s personal blog

Innovation Perspective: John Warnock

This video is the first in a series of conversations about innovation with leaders in technology, and our first guest is John Warnock. With his long time business partner Chuck Geschke, John was co-founder of Adobe, inventor of PostScript, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors. John and Chuck also were recently awarded the Marconi Prize, considered the highest honor specifically for contributions to information science and communications.

Congratulations to our founders

Last year at this time, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke were at the White House receiving the National Medal of Technology Innovation from President Obama.  This past weekend, they were awarded the 2010 Marconi Society Prize for their seminal contributions to publishing and imaging technology.  The annual prize – established in 1975 – recognizes scientists whose work in the fields of communications and IT advances the social, economic and cultural improvement of all humanity.  The Marconi is one of the most prestigious awards in our industry, and it was an honor to join John and Chuck at the dinner ceremony last Saturday.  They don’t like to call attention to themselves, but their remarkable partnership, defined by dedication and a willingness to take risks, has made an indelible mark on the world.

Adobe’s success is a testament to John and Chuck’s original vision.  We continue to expand the frontiers of digital experiences, building on the foundation of their pioneering software inventions.  We also retain the culture and values they instilled in Adobe from the beginning and that continue to set us apart today.  I feel fortunate to have spent a significant portion of my career working with these two industry leaders, and I know everyone at Adobe is extremely proud of them and them and their remarkable accomplishments.

Adobe’s Founders’ Awards: A Proud Tradition

When John Warnock and Chuck Geschke founded Adobe in 1982, they wanted to build a company that was technologically innovative and prosperous. They also wanted to create a workplace based on honesty, trust, and a belief in treating others with respect. It sounds simple, yet it’s extremely rare in our hyper-competitive industry and fast-paced times.

With this in mind, the Adobe Founders’ Award was created in 2001 and has become one of Adobe’s most prestigious global recognition programs. Today I had the honor of recognizing this year’s Founders’ Award recipients at our all-employee meeting — eight incredible employees who consistently exemplify Adobe’s core values of Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative and Involved throughout the year and have made a significant contribution/impact to the company.

What’s most exciting about this award is that it’s peer-nominated – employees across all organizations, geographies and levels are encouraged to recognize the importance of our values and beliefs, and reward individuals who exemplify those values.

The Founders’ Awards are a great reminder of the talented, dedicated people who choose to work at Adobe. We’re looking for more people like our Founders’ Award recipients to join us. See our career opportunities page on to learn more about what it’s like to work at Adobe and view our current openings.

Adobe Co-founders Honored by President Obama

Adobe co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony October 7. See the video of the ceremony ( You can skip to about 22:30 to see Warnock and Geschke accept their medals on the White House Web site.

Warnock and Geschke were honored for their “pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video.”

“It is a privilege to present these medals, our nation’s highest honor for scientific and technological achievement,” President Obama told John and Chuck.

Check out the news articles in the San Jose Mercury News ( and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (


Adobe Co-founders to be honored at White House ceremony

Adobe co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke have been chosen to receive the nation’s highest honor bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors — the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. President Obama will present their awards on October 7 during a White House ceremony. Check out the official press release here.

Warnock and Geschke are recognized for their pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video.

Other esteemed recipients this year include: Dr. Forrest M. Bird, Percussionaire Corp.; Dr. Esther Sans Takeuchi, University at Buffalo, SUNY; and IBM Corporation.

Check out the news articles in the San Jose Mercury News and nextgov.

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