Road to TiEcon: New Age guru Deepak Chopra on the new normal

Deepak Chopra

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The current COVID-19 pandemic might begin to look a lot more positive “if we accept it is telling us that climate change is reversible,” New Age guru Deepak Chopra said at The Road to TiEcon virtual conference Wednesday.

According to the prestigious journal Nature, global daily carbon dioxide emissions fell up to 26 percent because of the lockdowns across the world for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Innovation, the pandemic, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and even racism — the Road to TiEcon discussed it all Wednesday in a virtual and global event.

The Indus Entrepreneurs Conference or TiEcon is one of the most important events in one of the world’s largest ecosystems for technology professionals, entrepreneurs, tech influencers, domain experts, enterprise executives, venture capitalists and educators.

The digital push this year was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event organized by TiE Silicon Valley had more than 1,100 people logging in to listen to some legendary personalities, such as Chopra and the venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, speak on subjects as varied as the virus and risk-taking.

The Road to TiEcon was the first of a series of three events that will be hosted by TiE Silicon Valley.

Chopra spoke about Reinventing Life During and Post COVID-19. He spoke about yoga, humanity, ecosystem, ayurveda, eating habits. He said the stress epidemic was worse than the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator Purnima Kochikar, director of business development, games and applications, Google Play, asked Chopra how organizations can adapt to these difficult times.

“An organization that wants to bring change must include maximum diversity not just in technology people and science people, but also people who are artfully active,” Chopra replied.

The internet, he said, “is a global brain which connects us together. We can send somebody an emoticon with a hug and a kiss and give them a dopamine rush in a minute. It modulates the immune system. By modulating the global brain, we can create a pandemic of joy.”

He said only 20 percent of the working population was really engaged in their because people are often distracted and work for their own self-improvement and not for the betterment of a larger society. “And the only way to solve this is to imbibe a sense of responsibility in each of us.”

Kochikar asked Chopra how to figure out when hiring somebody that the person would be useful to the organization. Chopra cited a new company he has founded, Chopra Global, which believes that the most important thing is to figure out somebody’s “soul profile,” rather than the bio.

“The soul profile is, what is your energy? What is your passion? What is the quality of your relationships? are you a good team player?” Chopra explained.

Inside the insider threat

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

Chris Jones, director, cybersecurity, Dell Technologies, in his keynote, spoke about Remote Threats: Insider Risk and the Remote Work Paradigm.

He said companies should focus and evaluate on dealing with potential insider threats, which until lately wasn’t taken seriously. He said the companies spent money today on firewalls keeping bad guys out, but when they had an insider threat in general they’re much costlier than an external incident.

“So, as you start to build your teams, bigger it’s very important to start wanting to control the security mindset in place and get into the culture of how your company operates to protect your intellectual property,” Jones said.

He pointed to three basic types of insider threats.The first is a malicious insider, who means to inflict harm, whereas negligent insiders — the most common sort — are people who make errors, disregard policies and put their organization at risk.

However, the third type is infiltrators who specifically come to your company with the specific purpose of getting access to some information.

BJ Arun, president, TiE Silicon Valley, sounded pleased with the first conference by and large.

“The team and I are quite pleased with what we delivered,” Arun told Indicanews. “The bottom line is that this was not an easy feat to pull off.”

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