Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Truly INSPIRATION FROM THE FRONTLINES.
I am attending TiEcon from the first time and I am convinced that apart from being world's largest conference for entrepreneurs, it is a knowledge machine and network machine. I feel as if taking dip in holy river Ganga after listening to great great legendary Bill Campbell, chairmain of Intuit. The spark of energy oozes in every sentence he speaks. No wonder he was a football coach.
The Parallel sessions on "Trial and tribulations of starting a company" and "To VC or not to VC" were excellent. It gave a clear idea about what circumstances startups get into and what can the founders do. I had a chance to attend two last sessions of the day today, which I believe were one of the very few inspirational talks I have ever attended in my life. The story of Naresh Goyal, chairman of jet Airways from his days in Punjab, India to this day when Jet Airways operates flights from San Francisco to Mumbai is an excellent example of dreaming big, persistance and utilizing the network of friends. The last session of Robert Swan, the only man who walked both North and South pole was really awe inspiring and touched the heart. Robert cleary and precisely delivers the message that unless we all together work consciously to save the planet from global warming, we will be answerable to coming generations. As he says none of us inherit our time here on earth from our parents, we borrow our time here from our children .
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ashok Rao, Executive Producer of the Merchant Ivory film, "Before the Rains", starring Rahul Bose, Nandita das, Linus Roache, and Jennifer Ehle, screened the trailer of the movie for the global audience. The global TiE charter members, from Europe, Canada, India, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, and many other countries, continued networking at the banquet reception, which featured a live band playing foot-tapping Bollywood hits.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I attend on-going seminars and events held by this organization. The panel discussions give me a strong flavor of what is happening in the technology industry. The yearly Diwali gala held in Bellevue by the TiE Seattle chapter was a lot of fun to be at. It is the focused effort of people from various walks of life and the beauty of networking that makes TiECON a highly beneficial event to be at.
TiE has been very open to volunteer opportunities, and long distance has not been a challenge by any means. In 2007 I got the opportunity to volunteer for the TiECON Marketing team, trying to market the booths and manage the annual conference arrangements. It was quite overwhelming to get an idea of the expenses and effort that goes into pulling this together every year. I was contributing from Seattle and the experience was still very rewarding. TiE is truly a global body and dedicated at fostering an infrastructure for implementing new ideas.
I got the opportunity to network with the CEO of Mobideos Inc. at TiECON annual conference and got engaged in their marketing division. Today, I aspire to take the company to new heights and achieve vertical growth. As everyone thinks TiECon is more for entrepreneurs, but in fact it is a great place for professionals too, where you can apply the ideas in large companies. fun fun....
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
More about the program here
This is the data from last year's (2007) E-Bazaar
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Sunday, May 4, 2008
1) to focus on BIG markets
2) a good quality team
3) a defensible technology
Concentrating solely on technology in the pitch is not a good idea, she says. In other words, the technology should reach a point where it will be marketable and usable among the end users sooner - it's better to fail early so that you can make adjustments while you still have money. VCs also expect the team to have a highly qualified techie person on the team if the company is about hitech product. It makes more sense if the company is honest upfront about the resources and people they are lacking so that VCs can help fill in holes on the executive team. Knowing what you know or even don't know is of utmost importance, she says. Watch the video -- Neha Dadhbhawala from TiECon Live team interviews Lara Druyan to understand the functional skills VCs looks mostly in entrepreneurs in the E-Bazaar event of TiECon 2008.
TiECon 2008, the world's largest convention for entrepreneurs is being held on 16th and 17th May 2008 at Santa Clara Convention Center in silicon valley. More information on www.tiecon.org
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Advanced Technology Ventures, according to Dharmesh, can help fund and grow companies that are early or mid stage. Early stage companies mostly have work in developing the technolgy and executing the project. The technical skills and execution ability of the whole team plays a key role in being VC friendly and attracting needed money. Mid size companies are those where the company has already graduated from the technological innovation and is trying to scale up the technology to cater to different and more users. An invincible business development strategy, enviable market positioning and best sales force are very important to pitch the company's growing financial needs, Dharmesh says. Advanced Technology Ventures is among numerous Venture Capital firms participating in the much sought after E-Bazaar event on 16th May during TiECon 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley.
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Friday, May 2, 2008
-- Peter Burris: principal analyst, Forrester, following enterprise Web 2.0 apps and infrastructure
-- Melissa Drydahl: CEO and co-founder, Bring Light; former SVP of Marketing at Adobe Systems
-- Skip Glass: partner, Foundation Capital; previously held executive positions with IBM, Sybase, and Netscape
-- Om Malik: founder of GigaOm and a veteran technology journalist
-- Brad O'Neill: founding investor in StumbleUpon; CEO and founder, TechValidate Software
Learn about award categories and nomination forms for the Entrepreneur Awards here. Check out further coverage on CNBC and Yahoo Finance.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The business plan that NextPlane pitched infront of the prospective investors met with exactly what they desired. The candid perspective on their pitch by the prospective investors helped them shape the business plan that they are marching to with great pride and confidence today. Farzin believes that TiE network has proven more helpful to him than any other entrepreneurial network he got engaged in and that introductions at TiE with executives from different industries is just a beginning of a long time relationship. NextPlane has just closed its Series-A round of investment.
If you already have an early stage startup or if you are planning to start a startup and looking for money, Entrepreneurs Bazaar @ TiECon 2008 is the right place. Meet the top notch Venture Capitalist of silicon valley and convince them about your plan and walk away with loads of money !!
Visit Entrepreneurs Bazaar @ TiECon 2008 on 16th May 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center . Register today and get attractive discounts
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The theme for this year's TiECon is "Entrepreneurship unbounded" . But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So after two days of intense hush hush work where entrepreneurs in making will hard sell their brilliant ideas to VCs, where many parallel panel discussions will be held and people will attend high luncheons, there is something to relax on 17th May evening. Unwind and relax yourself to the performance of professional dancers and musicians of different genre while sipping a cup of tea. And if you are someone who cannot see yourself as part of audience then let the Dance Fever catch you and you can dance the night away with a Live DJ. This is a sure sold out event.Visit Gala ..Hurry !!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Before joining Wired in 2001, he worked at The Economist, where he launched their coverage of the Internet. He also has a degree in physics from George Washington University and did research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has also worked at the journals Nature and Science.
Rama serves as an independent director on the boards of Infosys Technologies, CRISIL, Axis Bank, Godrej Consumer Products, ENIL (Radio Mirchi), Give Foundation (a not-for-profit company), Subhiksha Trading Services Ltd. and Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd.
Her latest book, "Winning in the Indian Market - Understanding the Transformation of Consumer India", is available at Amazon here.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
During Campbell’s tenure, the company's market value grew from approximately $700 million to nearly $3 billion as Intuit solidified its position as the clear leader in tax, personal finance and small business accounting software. During that time, the company also invented a new class of Web-based finance businesses delivered through Quicken.com, Intuit's Web site.
Prior to joining Intuit, Campbell served as the president and CEO of GO Corporation. He also founded and served as president and CEO of Claris Corporation, which was purchased by Apple Computer Inc. in 1990. A director of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Campbell spent six years as the head football coach for Columbia University and was recently appointed to the university’s board of trustees.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
One of the topics of panel discussion on day one of TiECon 2008 is for people who have never made their hands dirty. Few serial entrepreneurs of our time will share their knowledge on what it takes to start a startup, build a winning team, protect the company's IP and much more. The panel discussion named "The Trials and Tribulations of Starting a Company" starts at 11:00 am on 16h May in Santa Clara Convention Center. Visit TiECon 2008 Agenda and register for TiECon 2008.
Friday, April 11, 2008
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Monday, March 31, 2008
Peter Thiel, Managing Partner, The Founders Fund
Co-founder of PayPal
Early investor and board member of Facebook
Invested in LinkedIn, Slide, Friendster
Elon Musk, Chairman, Telsa Motors
Co-founder of X.com, renamed to PayPal
Chairman of Tesla Motors, first electric car
Chairman of SolarCity, low-priced solar energy
John Wood, Founder & CEO, Room to Read
Left exec track at Microsoft to form Room to Read
Sponsored over 280 schools, 3800 libraries
Distributed over 3 million children's books