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Earlier this year, TiECON Silicon Valley 2020 happened online, giving me a chance to attend it virtually. There were talks by Mr Deepak Chopra, Ms Indra Nooyi, Ms Shellye Archambeau and many others. Coming to my city, Chennai, every year, TiE Chennai organizes their annual mega-event celebrating entrepreneurship called TiECON (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2008). This year the entire conference had moved to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The content of the conference was great, with stellar speakers and fine arrangement. I liked the timings, it was spread over 5 days, every day 3 hours…

What a journey Captain G.R. Gopinath seems to have lived so far! Reading his autobiography “Simply Fly” I am envious of him: Not for his money or the number of businesses he had run, but for the experiences he has had the fortune of living through and his perseverance when the going gets tougher. Nothing can be harder than fighting in a war or living in the inhumane high-altitude terrains of the Himalayas; both of which Captain Gopinath has been through. The two toughest businesses in India to venture will be “Farming” and “Aviation”, the former being a working-class noble…

It felt like I was selling ice to Eskimos. But I survived giving a 10-minutes talk to my fellow members of Professional Speakers Association India Chennai Chapter. My topic was “Will Artificial Intelligence take away my job?”. I started with a science fiction story of A.I. authoring poems that goes horribly wrong, then gave examples of jobs that are at risk currently and the jobs that are safe for now. After I posted about this talk in social media, several of my friends expressed their wish to hear the talk, so I made the below recording of the same talk. Thanks…

Like all the events around the world, this year’s TIECON 2020 global organized by TIE Silicon Valley has become virtual. For me, it was a blessing, as I could attend the event for free (as a TiE Chennai member) and not spend the thousands of dollars travelling to the USA and also the entry ticket fee. Earlier there were talks by Mr Deepak Chopra, Mr Vinod Khosla and Ms Shellye Archambeaua. Today, the grand keynote was by Ms Indra Nooyi, Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of PepsiCo, who happens to be from my city (Chennai, India). Below are from…

TiE Austin had hosted an interview by Ms Kerry Rupp with Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the executive chairperson of Biocon Limited, and the former chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Below are from the notes (in no specific order) I took during the talk: There are two types of entrepreneur: The first are those who are looking at how quickly I can make money, how can I take my business to billion dollars; the second ones are like me, those who think how can I make a difference? When I started my bio-tech journey 40 years ago, I started developing…