About / TiE and TiECON

TiECon is a full day program celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship success stories and latest developments. We bring in keynote speakers from the venture, finance and start-up sectors and complement that with notable figures from local government, media and philanthropy.

Gear up for a full day deep-dive into the latest of technology and entrepreneurship – talks delivered by people who have started and exited companies, and successful corporate executives who are leading the next-gen of innovation.

The theme for this conference is Moonshot: Entrepreneurs Solving Our Greatest Problems. A number of multinational conglomerates have embarked on so-called “moonshot” initiatives that will position them for the next half a century or more. Many of these initiatives already have received tremendous internal traction. This conference will examine some of these initiatives as well as reviewing the startups that aspire to change the world; mainly focusing on artificial intelligence, the environment and healthcare. In addition, we will examine the ethical implications of automation and global impact. The conference also will feature PE/VC tracks.

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. With a variety of programs and a strong member base of investors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives, we are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.



Som Chivukula: Conference Organizer and Sponsorships, somchivukula@gmail.com, 646 872-1738

Aryn Chapman: TiE NY Executive Director, ED@tienyc.org


Keynote Speakers / our speakers in the spotlight

Thomas Friedman

Columnist, The New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally known best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

  • Sree Sreenivasan

    Chief Digital Officer

    Sree Sreenivasan has been Chief Digital Officer of NYC since October 2016. (more…)

    Special Guest

    Neal Katyal

    Partner, Hogan Lovells and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States

    Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general of the

    Panel Participants / meet more of our speakers

    Naveen Jain

    Co-Founder, Moon Express

    Naveen Jain is co-founder of Moon Express and a serial entrepreneur.

    Thomas Hyland

    Co-founder, Aspada

    Thomas Hyland is a co-founder of Aspada, an early-stage venture

    Paul Roehrig

    Chief Strategy Officer, Cognizant Digital Business

    Paul is the chief strategy officer of Cognizant Digital Business.

    Chitra Nawbatt

    Market Solutions, Genpact

    Chitra leads market solutions and business development for Genpact.

    Mike Allegretti

    Head of Public Policy, Rubicon Global

    Michael Allegretti is head of public policy at Rubicon Global.

    Nikhil Kalghatgi

    Partner, Vast Ventures

    Nikhil loves to invest in crazy and impactful startups.

    Ben Pring

    Co-Lead, Cognizant's Future of Work

    Ben Pring is a co-lead of Cognizant's Future of Work.

    Sarah Clasing

    Director, TMA Group

    Sarah is a seasoned finance professional with an entrepreneurial spirit. She

    Cigdem Binal

    Director at L-Spark, Mentor, Technology Advocate

    Cigdem Altay Binal has extensive experience in the technology vertical wearing

    Seema Alexander

    Business Strategist & Branding Expert for Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Service-Based Providers


    Basha Rubin

    CEO at Priori Legal

    Priori Legal is a curated legal marketplace that optimizes the outside

    Ami Shah

    Founder/CEO of Face2Face Health and Founder/CEO of Ami Anand Shah MDPC

    Specialties: Safety and Risk Management, Internal Medicine, Healthcare Consulting, Disease Prevention/Wellness Promotion,

    Roopa Unnikrishnan

    Head of Strategy, HARMAN & Connected Car Division at HARMAN International & TiE New York Chapter President

    Drive strategy, innovation and organizational change - thoughtfully.

    Counsul General Riva Ganguly Das

    Consul General of India

    Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986.

    Schedule / subject to change

    • LP/Family Office, Outlook
      9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
      Speakers: Bipin Manuel, Bipin Manuel and Associates, (Moderator), Robert Farrington, Director of Asset Management, Abbot Downing, Avik Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director, JPMorgan Tactical Direct Investment, 
    • US VC/PE Sector Insights
      10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
      Speakers:  Abilash Jaikumar, Co-Founder and Managing Director, TresVista Financial Services; Colin Beirne, Founder and Managing Partner, Two Sigma Ventures; Fraser van Rensburg, Managing Partner, Asante Capital Group; Abhaya Shrestha, Managing Director, GPB Capital
    • US India VC/PE Perspectives
      11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      Speakers: Ashwin Mahabaleswara, Head of Debt investments for Asia, Africa & Middle East, DWM Asset Management; Mansi Seth, Head - US, and Co-Head - International Tax and Funds Practice, Nishith Desai
    • LUNCH
      12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • TBD – Special Guest
      4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      Open Discussion Room
    • Coffee & Networking Break
      3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Funds: Challenges & Opportunities
      2:35 PM - 3:35 PM
      Speakers: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarther & English (Moderator), Masha Drokova, MD Ventures, Claudia Iannazzo, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, AlphaPrime Ventures, Sab

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    Location / find us


    April 7, 2017


    Convene, 730 Third Ave., NY

    Special Pricing

    Ends March 15, 2017


    Over 25 Speakers