Founded in 2000, the non-profit, non-political organization serves as a juncture for Czechs, Czech-Americans and Americans in related high-tech industries.
The intent of the network is to provide a common ground for members to initiate a forum for cooperation and the exchange of ideas, innovations and most importantly, to establish business and personal relationships between countries.
The Network's founder, Richard Pivnicka, the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic in San Francisco, hosts events and speakers in Silicon Valley and San Francisco several times a year. Speakers in the past have included notable figures such as the President of the Electric Vehicle Association of the U.S., the CEO of Czech Invest, and the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. Speakers have focused on topics dealing with internet strategies, E-commerce and virtual technologies. The Network's members come primarily from the greater Silicon Valley area and the Czech Republic linking together investors, founders of Silicon Valley firms, scientists, venture capitalists, start-up entrepreneurs, marketers, engineers and business development professionals among others.
Czernin Palace Bronze Memorial Medal
We are honored to have been awarded the Czernin Palace Bronze Memorial Medal for the significant contributions in preserving and promoting relations between the Czech Republic and the United States of America.
History of US-Czech Relations
The Czech Republic has had strong mutual ties with the United States since long ago, developing successfully during the first Czechoslovak Republic and lasting to today. Many citizens of Czech origin have made their mark on U.S. history from the fields of science, business, politics, music and sport. Even the word “dollar” comes from the name of a coin called the “tolar”, which was first minted in the Czech town of Jáchymov. America has welcomed and adored numerous artists (composersAntonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana; film director Miloš Forman), athletes (tennis players Martina Navrátilová and Ivan Lendl; hockey stars Jaromír Jágr and Dominik Hašek; the founder of the Chicago Bears football team George Halas), businessmen (McDonald's founder Ray Kroc) and even astronauts (James Lowell and Eugene Cernan) of Czech origin. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), was and continues to be an important patron of her native country and a supporter of its acceptance into NATO. The beginnings of democracy and the independent state of Czechs and Slovaks are also closely tied with the United States – Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk prepared and drafted the first constitution of the Czechoslovak state when he was living in the U.S. and signed the so-called "Pittsburgh Agreement" there in 1918. He also married an American, so when he became the first president of Czechoslovakia in 1920 his American wife became the first First Lady.
Not only Prague but other picturesque regions of the Czech Republic, too, have captivated Hollywood movie stars, who have used the cities' backdrops and the Barrandov studios to film such movies as Mission Impossible, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Les Miserables and XXX.