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1997 Inaugural Class

March 14, 2013  • Henry Crown Fellows Newsletter

The Henry Crown Fellowship was well represented at this year’s TED Conference in Long Beach, CA at the end of February.  Many thanks to 1997 Fellow Gary Lauder, who gathered together Fellows from nearly every class for an annual photo.  Pictured “TEDsters” include:  (back row, l to r): Gary Lauder (’97), Aneel Bhusri (’97), Anand Giridharadas (’11), Chris Sacca (’07), Anne Dwane (’10), John Danner (’99); and  Michael Powell (’99); (middle row, l to r): Stephen Deberry (’04),  Aedhmar Hynes (’08), and Mark Tebbe (’00); (front row, l to r): Janet Echelman (’06), Thelma Golden (’08), Arjun Gupta (’01), Kim Polese (’01), Aileen Lee (’04), Joanna Rees (’02), and Li Lu (’98).

Steve Kirsch launched OneID in November. OneID is the first Internet identity without a username or password. More importantly, it is the world’s first trustable federated identity provider: a “bring your own identity” to consumer websites as well as enterprise applications.  Check it out at

Aneel Bhusri reports:  “Last October, we took Workday public, a company that I co-founded and now run as co-CEO with my long time friend and mentor Dave Duffield.  Skip Battle is on our board of Directors, and Leighanne Levensaler (2012 Crown Class) is a senior executive at the company, so the Crown Program is well represented!”