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Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm to give Grand Keynote at TiEcon 2014

TiEcon, the largest entrepreneurship conference, will focus this year on four industry focused tracks, Internet of Things, Big Data, Cloud Infrastructure, and Healthcare. (Please register through this link as my guest and enter promo code tievalue to get a $100 discount).

Steve Mollenkopf, President and CEO of Qualcomm, will give grand keynote address, on day 1.  With a background in electrical engineering, Mollenkopf holds patents in “power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitter system, and wireless communication transceiver technology.”  He has spent his entire 20+ year career at Qualcomm.  Previously, he led the chip set business at Qualcomm and helped make Qualcomm the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier and global leader in LTE technology.  Mollenkopf also led the company’s largest acquisition of Atheros, purchased at $3.1 billion, a deal that helped expand Qualcomm’s business beyond smartphones and enabled and speeded adoption of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms in new segments.

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Qualcomm logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Qualcomm makes over $25 billion each year, in revenues, powering world’s smartphones and tablets.  Qualcomm may not be a lean and mean startup, but it is a technology driven company.  Mollenkopf is entrepreneurial in nature and a self-proclaimed gadget freak.  Entrepreneurs at TiEcon will be waiting to hear Mollenkopf’s perspectives on opportunities in mobile space.  Will he share any new industry leading innovations in the pipeline, at Qualcomm?

TiEcon 2014 is shaping up to be fantastic entrepreneurship focused conference, with awesome panels and speakers.  Please register through this link as my guest and enter promo code tievalue to get a $100 discount.


Other Life Science focused events

1) Register for Health Tech Forum annual conference on May 20, at  With a theme of “Pathways to Sustainable Health”, the conference will bring together physicians, entrepreneurs, payers, and providers with an aim to empower quality of health.
2) Michelle Chen from DNAtrix, Inc. will talk on “Developing Oncolytic Virus to Treat Glioblastoma” on Tuesday, April, 29, 8:30am.  This is a free event – all are welcome –
3) Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi, founder of Pearl Therapeutics will talk on Tuesday, May 6 at Cubberley, PA  Pearl Therapeutics was acquired by Astra Zeneca last year, for $1.15 B and was a winner of TiEcon’s TiE50 awards, two years in a row.
4) Feel free to send me an email for details on any of these events at wd_darshana at hotmail dot com.  You can also follow my updates on Twitter @DarshanaN.  Also, do check out (in JOBS category on this blog), my job opportunities that include many Quality Engineering jobs in CA and MA and hot Software Embedded Engineer job and more.




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TiEcon 2013 Overview – Focus on Big Data, Mobile, SDN & Entrepreneurship

TiEcon 2013, the biggest conference of its kind, with a mission to nurture entrepreneurship, has an impressive lineup of excellent speakers and panels, in the hottest industry segments of Big Data, Mobile, Software Defined Infrastructure, and in Entrepreneurship.

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Big Data track will feature speakers that include, Dr. D J Patil, data scientist at Greylock Partners, and Rayid Ghani, , Mr. Obama’s Chief Scientist who converted vast amount of data collected through large commercial databases, boutique lists, voter files, and social media sites, into a source of valuable data that galvanized the election campaign and the rest is history.

Mobile track will hold panels on “mobile ecosystems” to “where they are VCs investing”, in this fast growing market.  The track will feature top notch speakers like Anand Chandrasekhar, Senior VP and CMO at Qualcomm.

With data centers of the future defined by Software Defined Infrastructure, efficiency is bound to get a boost, as resources get divided.  This track will feature speakers like Dr. Guru Parulkar, Executive Director at ONRC and Consulting Professor at Stanford University, with discussions around how OpenFlow might enable networks to evolve by giving power to the remote controller, to modify the behavior of network devices.

Entrepreneurship track has some of the biggest names of inspiring self made entrepreneurs, including famous Ronnie Screwvala, Syntel’s Bharat Desai, Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, and Manoj Bhargava, CEO of 5-Hour Energy, possibly the wealthiest Indian entrepreneur, in USA.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Entrepreneurship is not just a buzzword at TiEcon.  Here future successful entrepreneurs will be showcasing their companies, will get access to mentors like Vinod Khosla and Kanwal Rekhi, and get countless opportunities to network.  The participants will likely include professionals from some of TiE’s 500+ startups and 150+ angel investors.  Come and get energized, in an environment where failures are merely stepping stones to success.

Last few days to register for tiecon, before it is fully sold out –

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Growing Market Share in Fast Growing Mobile Technology Market – Anand Chandrasekhar Keynote Preview TiEcon 2013

Anand Chandrasekhar, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Qualcomm will be giving a keynote address at TiEcon 2013.

Mobility is one of the fastest growing technology segments.  It is revolutionizing almost every aspect of our lives from taking a museum tour with our Samsung Galaxy S III to “read” NFC tags embedded in signs and objects and learn more about the exhibits, to wireless charging, to how we pay for things.  Basically, we want to bring along on the road, the capabilities on our cell phone that were fulfilled by many objects, and thereby replacing flashlights, satellite radios, digital cameras, game consoles, GPS systems, MP3 players, Wi-Fi hotspots, credit cards and more.

Obviously Qualcomm doesn’t need any help getting its SoCs and baseband chips into smartphones and tablets, but perhaps it could use marketing help, in this fast growing industry segment.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Chandrasekhar was senior vice president at Intel Corporation in charge of the Ultra Mobility Group and the Intel Atom processor family. During his 24 year tenure at Intel, Chandrasekher held a variety of roles, including co-head of Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group; Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group; and, the Workstation Platforms Group. He is best known for his pioneering efforts to help bring Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to the market that helped usher in the modern era of mobility.  In March 2011 he resigned from his position of General Manager, Ultra Mobility Group after working at Intel for 24 years. He cited resignation was “to pursue other interests”. After a hiatus of over a year, Chandrasekher reemerged as the CMO of Qualcomm.  At Qualcomm, he oversees global marketing and external communications.  Come and hear him share insights on opportunities in the mobile market, at TiEcon 2013.  Register at before price goes up on April, 30.

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Life Sciences, Healthcare/ IT Panels at TiEcon 2012 – Preview

Emerging markets already represent huge growth opportunities for pharmaceutical companies. In may countries, lifespan has increased and as people live longer, they are more in need of traditional health enhancing drugs for common ailments like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases; in many countries such as India and China, as diet and lifestyle changes, there is also and increase of such diseases; and there is a huge and growing middle class that is able to spend the money, and is more conscious of health. One would presume that these same factors will also open growth opportunities for medical device companies. For instance, Medtronic expects India sales to grow 25% for the next five years and is considering setting up R&D and Manufacturing facility in India (I saw firsthand that emerging markets is a big priority for Medtronic, when I facilitated leadership and inclusion training for Medtronic team in India in 2010 – At TiEcon 2012 (, a panel that includes Katie Szyman, President at Medtronic Diabetes, Tom Fogarty, Serial Entrepreneur, Renee Compton Ryan from J&J, and Dana Mead from Kleiner Perkins, will address trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by emerging markets, in this $350B industry. I am also looking forward to hear more about “reverse innovation”, a term coined by GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, where the innovation in new products and services is driven by cost conscious emerging markets, and is then reintroduced into the Western markets.

Mobile health panel, at TiEcon, will discuss entrepreneurial opportunities in the fast growing field of Mobile Health. Increasing reach and easy access of mobile communication devices like mobile phones,Tablets, patient monitors etc. is making monitoring of health, dissemination of health information to patient and care providers, and providing healthcare in a timely and real-time manner, possible. A panel of experts including Aza Raskin from Massive Health, Ron Gutman, CEO of HealthTap, Jack Young from Qualcomm, and Alex De Winter from Mohr Davidow will share success stories and discuss the pitfalls to avoid, in the mobile health market. This is a fast growing market which has yet many unanswered questions like, who would own the data, what would be the regulatory impact, and more.

Panelists Randall Spratt from McKesson, John Mattison from Kaiser, Adrian Rawlinson from Brown & Toland Physicians, and Jim Murray from UC Irvine Health Information Services will discuss investment trends in health IT including demographic trends, technological enablers, cost pressures, regulatory mandates and where the VCs are looking to invest, given all the challenges.

With mHealth, cross-functional collaboration, and emerging markets as the drivers of innovation, the boundaries are increasingly more flexible and TiEcon is focusing on Life Sciences, and addressing the enormous entrepreneurship and innovation that will take place by those playing with the boundaries, rather than within them. Register at

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