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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

TiEcon 2017 in Silicon Valley was a huge success; silver jubilee year

By Gopal Ethiraj
Chennai, 07 June, (

TiEcon 2017, the largest conference for entrepreneurs, which was held last month in Silicon Valley in US, was a huge success on all fronts, according to a press release received by this correspondent. TiEcon which is in its silver jubilee year broke the record in attendance with around 6500 people attending the conference this year. TiECon is a much awaited entrepreneurs conference every year in May.

What started as a small gathering of Indian entrepreneurs 25 years ago has grown in stature with chapters all over the world. TiEcon is the largest technology focused entrepreneur conference in the world and it has become a must attend conference for budding entrepreneurs.

TiEcon had of 15 tracks, like autonomous Vehicles, AR/VR, IoT, Govtech, machine learning, software defined infrastructure, drones, security, martech, gaming, entrepreneurship, digital health, fintech and blockchain. This year it featured a track on entrepreneurs talking about their journey and a social impact track focused on entrepreneurship that serves the world. Besides TiE50 awards TiEcon featured “Words of Wisdom” for budding entrepreneurs. Words of Wisdom was a new program which replaced two previous session like Mentor Connect and VC Connect. This was one of the highlights of the conference with much acclaim and the team delivered a quality experience, according to Ram Reddy, current president of TiE Silicon Valley, which organized the event.

Significantly, this year saw a 20 per cent more women speakers and 60 per cent more non-Indian speakers. Another mile stone was significantly higher number of younger speakers than the previous ones. The Startup Bootcamp which was launched last year got very good response this year. It has been decided to continue it future too. The Govtech track emerged to be a major area of interest for governments, Reddy said. About 13 governments including the US participated.

31 countries represented

In all, 31 countries were represented with 800 startups alone from Bay Area. There was an Influencer Circle for future virtual mentoring and advisory engagements. Special guests from the ranks of CMOs, CIOs and CTOs from Bay Area and domain experts from worldwide were invited in a focused and targeted manner to attend TiEcon and participate at the Influencer Circle. This was very successful as TiE was able to add 1300 such mentors. The expo was totally focused on startups this year.

The keynote sessions ran to packed halls with stalwarts like, Tim Draper, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Juvertson, Ravi Mhatre, Light Speed Venture Partners, AppDynamics CEO Jyoti Bansal, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO, NantWorks, and many more. The conference hall reverberated with talks on innovation, futuristic trends and advice for budding entrepreneurs. Above all, networking which was the byword at all TiEcons was high this year. The founding members were honored during one of the sessions.

ATEA -- American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association which was formed at last TiEcon was marketing partner. On the second day, there was a meet-up of Tamil entrepreneurs from around the world who attended TiEcon. Everyone was given time to pitch about their startups. Singapore TiE chapter arranged an interactive session with ATEA members at a bar.

- Asian Tribune -

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