Networking Dinner 09.26.00:
Rob Shaw serves as President and CEO of Emerging,
a leading architect of e-Businesses. Shaw founded Emerging in November
1999 to offer rapid development and deployment of customized e-Business
solutions to entrepreneurial ventures and Global 2000 companies.
Emerging is now a leading architect of e-Business solutions, combining
cutting-edge technology skills with top tier strategy and creative
design. Shaw is a pioneer in the world of electronic commerce.
In 1998, he founded Ashford.com
now the leading Internet retailer of luxury and premium personal
accessories. Backed by Benchmark Capital and Sequoia Capital, Ashford.com
has grown to include more than 12,000 products in less than two
years of existence. Ashford.com completed an initial public offering
in September 1999, and Shaw currently serves as chairman of the
company's board of directors. In June 2000, Shaw was presented with
the Emerging Entrepreneur of he Year Award from Ernst & Young for
the Houston area. In March 2000, the Texas Electronic Commerce Association
presented Shaw with the Texas eComm Ten Award for his leadership
and contributions to e-Business in the state of Texas.