TiEcon 2022 Global Connect will focus on expanding entrepreneurial networks

Ritu Jha-

The Global Connect track has evolved to become an integral part of The IndUS Entrepreneurs Conference (TiEcon), showcasing the evolution and adoption of technologies across the globe through innovation, investment and connectivity, says Mateen Syed, founder and CEO, Bizhance, and long-time TiE Silicon Valley advocate.

TiEcon is the annual conference of TiE Silicon Valley, a nonprofit founded in 1992 by a group of successful tech entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior technology professionals of Indian origin to foster entrepreneurship.

Mateen, chair of the Global Connect track at TiEcon 2022 with George Abraham, chief of strategy, Stellar iDea Labs, explained its significance to indica: “While we are regionally, culturally and politically diverse, technology has brought us together and enabled us to find semblance to our growth challenges.”

The theme for Global Connect this year is ‘expanding entrepreneurial and technological networks across the globe’. And the track is scheduled for May 5 at the virtual TiEcon from May 5 through 7.

“This year’s Global Connect track explores the process of increased interconnectedness among countries and innovation capital from and to the U.S., India, Israel and the Middle East, Japan, Latin America and Europe,” George Abraham said. “We explore investments in these regions across sectors and observe the fueling of entrepreneurship and the bustling growth in their economies.”

Mateen said TiE Silicon Valley is the best example of Global Connect which has linked over 15,000 members and 3,000 charter members in 14 countries.

Mateen said they have put together a diverse and global slate of keynote speakers this time. Foremost is Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and chairman of global software services firm Infosys Technologies. Nilekani was also founding chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI/Aadhaar), a government of India program to create biometric identification for India’s 1.3 billion people.

Abhijit Bose is the India head of WhatsApp and has over 25 years of international experience building products and scaling businesses. He was the first top-level executive to be hired by WhatsApp for India.

Deven Parekh is managing director of Insight Partners, leading global venture capital and private equity firm with over $30 billion in capital commitments investing in high-growth technology and software scale-up companies that are driving transformative change in their industries.

Since joining Insight in 2000, Parekh has made more than 130 investments in enterprise software, data and consumer internet businesses in North America, Europe, India, Israel, China, Africa, Latin America and Australia. Some of his investments include Twitter (IPO), eVestment (sale to NASDAQ), Alibaba (IPO) and JD.com (IPO).

Finally, there is Yossi Matias, vice-president of engineering and research at Google and founding managing director of Google Center in Israel, a world-renowned expert in artificial intelligence and global lead for Google’s Health AI.

In addition, Matias is the founding executive lead of Google for Startups Accelerator, which supports thousands of startups globally.

Referring to the panels, Mateen said the first will consider ‘Gateway to India and the world: Can the India template go global?’ It will focus on India’s tech ecosystem, led by India Stack and other public platforms, which is building innovative models that help to solve critical social impact problems at scale.

The panelists are Liv Marte Nordhaug, co-lead, Digital Public Goods Alliance, Henri Verdier, ambassador for digital affairs, the government of France, and Siddharth Shetty, Fellow, iSPIRT Foundation.

The second will focus on ‘Gateway to Japan and the world: Cloud, cybersecurity, digital transformation’.

Cloud systems and cybersecurity are at the heart of enterprise IT now, but they are also evolving technologies. This panel will provide the latest information from frontline leaders on how their work is affecting customers’ digital transformation, including the use of emerging technologies.

The panelists here, all from NTT Data Corp, are Kazuya Hirota, vice-president; Hiroshi Furukawa, head of innovation; Hiroshi Honjo, head of cybersecurity and governance; and Kenji Motohashi, cloud evangelist.