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TiECon 2021 in Review

If you did not attend the TiECon 2021 from May 6th to 8th then you have missed the biggest entrepreneurial event in the world. For those of you with an affinity for innovation, drive, and solutions, we have a quick summary of what went down during the energy-filled 3 days. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. They are an organization driven by a powerful vision of assisting entrepreneurs, empowering individuals, and creating wealth in communities.

The various keynotes were power-packed, to say the least, with amazing leaders like Ratan Tata, Kanwal Rekhi, Geeta Gupta Fisker, Reed Hastings, Jillian Manus, Shereen Bhan, and many others. 

Some highlights from the event include

Leading Trends in AI/ML: A diverse panel from across life sciences, education, and arts shared the progression and possibilities of AI across these fields. The creation of AI-enabled Art, AI enabling healthcare efficiencies to reduce the burden of care of professionals, and quantification of knowledge gaps and assessments were some of the themes discussed and highlighted. 

Grand Keynote: Entertaining the World – Netflix And Its Culture Of Reinvention: This session was full of fun insights from Reed Hastings on how to manage a company at the edge of chaos for creativity while maintaining a good market sense. Monika Shergill, the VP for content for India shared how the Indian audience is one of the most heterogeneous and diverse with respect to the range of genres and types of shows they enjoy. Hence diversity is at the heart of designing the programming for every taste, mood, and desire of the Indian diaspora around the world!

Meet the Drapers: This session was a pitch session for super innovative startups looking for funding that were competing to get on the next season of Meet the Drapers reality show. 

Powering Healthcare through Data Science: In this session, Pallaw Sharma, Dr. Amita Joshi, and Dr. David Nace discussed how current technology adoption is very slow. Breakthrough will be achieved by the convergence of the physical world with the digital world, and these intersections will help unlock valuable insights. Pallaw Sharma mentioned, “We tend to overestimate what we can achieve in 1 year while underestimating what we can achieve in 10yrs.”

Unicorn Exit: Razat Gaurav shared how focusing on employees and engaging them through purpose and mission-driven culture is critical for success. Transparency builds trust with employees, board as well as investors…small things go a long way for success. 

If this has powered you up to think about your next entrepreneurial adventure then go check out the TiE website at www.tie.org

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Rachna Dayal has an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from IMD. She is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has always felt comfortable challenging traditional norms that prohibit growth or equality. She lives in New Jersey with her family and loves music, traveling, and imagining the future.
Seema Vaidyanathan is a dynamic and multifaceted pharmaceutical executive, with broad experiences across R&D to commercial. She is a skilled alliance professional and a passionate DE&I champion. She is an engaged community organizer and on the boards of non-profits.
Shelina Ramnarine is a recognized change catalyst with proven capabilities to take innovative ideas from concept to execution. She is an effective collaborator and influencer with an aptitude to connect people and ideas. As a community cultivator, Shelina works to create spaces to foster dialogue and highlight different perspectives. Blending head and heart, Shelina aims to use her talent towards solving unmet needs.