TES 2011 gave me an opportunity to interact with many like-minded entrepreneurs and learning from them.
TiE meetings were not new to me but TES summit changed the outlook that I had about TiE. This was a wonderful huge platform to meet, share and build business network; so much to learn. The two days helped me reassert to myself: “Yes, I am in the right direction, at the right time and with the right people and I would make it BIG.”
Hari Rajgopalachari set the tone for some retrospection in his keynote on, "Bottleneck of Entrepreneur - The neck of the bottle is always on TOP." Hari's words points to the people on top who need to easen-up and work hard.
Hari's other tenet of, “Power doesn’t come from Ownership,” was a reiteration of what NS Raghavan said a day earlier in the inaugural keynote. Raghavan talked about entrepreneurial behavior and gave insights on human psychology, behavior analysis and reaction strategies.
With 5 parallel sessions running, it was not easy to choose the one you wanted to be on. True to the spirit of “Leadership is an Inward Journey,” I chose the Shuru Talk with a panel discussion about EntrepreneurTrip. This gave an interesting insight on how some of the young, family run and partnership businesses are run. Though it did not give me a direct connect it brought home a general perspective and challenges of an entrepreneur's journey.
I was struck by Ashok Soota's Guru Talk. Soota has built strong and large institutions. His message that building a business is about laying a strong foundation of trust, transparency and governance is impressive.
Starting a business, getting into the main stream, and then mid-field kicking - just before an investment - from TutorVista's K Ganesh became somewhat of an instant mantra for me. It gave me just the right connect.
The VC Workshop was a great icing on cake with a deep-dive on how to date and pitch a VC. This was a much needed input for me.
I particularly liked the sessions by Ace Creative learning, Manipal education group and Eduvisors who have made significant impact in the education sector. Most of them talked about mega trends in the India Education space. These players demonstrated how technology is being leveraged to drive education in innovative and creative ways. I think we should have more such sessions from the TiE SIG-Education group.
Overall, I came away, "With I Can Do It and Do It BIG," promise.
Prathap B is Director, BlueTiger Learning Services Pvt. Ltd., a finishing school for graduates which prepares them to shoulder responsibilities, leadership and skillsets required by the industry. BlueTiger aims at filling the academia-industry gap that exists today. You can reach BlueTiger here
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