Chief Leaders of BitTorrent, Photobucket, Spock, and O'Reilly Media to Speak at TiEcon 2007

Founders of BitTorrent, Photobucket, and O'Reilly Media Join Top-Ranked Speakers Such as Marc Benioff (, Meg Whitman (eBay Inc.), Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), and Robert Ingram (GlaxoSmithKline) at TiEcon This Year

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2007 -- TiE Silicon Valley announced today the addition of Ashwin Navin, Alex Welch, Jaideep Singh, and Tim O'Reilly as keynote speakers at TiEcon 2007.

"TiEcon 2007 is all about the new face of entrepreneurship and we have selected some of the key influencers and shapers of today's entrepreneurial landscape," says Kaval Kaur, TiEcon 2007 Co-Convener and ex-CFO at Virsa Systems, now acquired by SAP.

Web 2.0 pioneers -- Ashwin Navin, President & Co-Founder, BitTorrent Inc.; Alex Welch, Co-Founder & CEO, Photobucket; Jaideep Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, Spock Networks, Inc. and Tim O'Reilly, Founder & CEO, O'Reilly Media, form the Keynote CEO Roundtable to ring in the conference.

The other Top Speakers at TiEcon this year include:

Keynote Speakers:

--  Tim O'Reilly, Founder & CEO, O'Reilly Media
--  Ashwin Navin, President & Co-Founder, BitTorrent Inc.
--  Alex Welch, Co-Founder & CEO, Photobucket
--  Jaideep Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, Spock Networks, Inc.
--  Nobuyuki Idei, Chief Corp. Advisor, Sony Corp.
--  Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO,
--  Meg Whitman, President & CEO, eBay Inc.
--  Robert Ingram, Vice Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline
--  Jake Grieves-Cook, Chairman, Kenya Tourism Board
--  AJ Patel, Chairman, Hasla - Mara Wildlife Conservation Foundation
--  Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation
--  Ron Beaton, Conservationist, Masai Mara

Distinguished Speakers:

--  Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures
--  Al Hammond, VP, World Resource Institute
--  Tero Ojanperä, EVP & CTO, Nokia
--  Takeshi Natsuno, SVP & MD, NTT DoCoMo
--  Curtis Carlson, President & CEO, SRI International
--  Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India
--  Ajit Singh, President & CEO, Siemens Medical
--  Gerard Mooney, VP, IBM Corp.
--  Zia Yusuf, EVP, SAP AG
--  Matt Cohler, VP, Facebook

The speakers at TiEcon will cover a vast range of topics on Entrepreneurship and Industry trends including:

Where are the VCs investing?

Venture capital investing in 2006 in the U.S. reached an all-time high of $26 Billion in the last four years. It is projected to grow again in 2007 and beyond. This panel comprising of VCs from leading firms such as Mayfield Fund, Storm Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Gabriel Venture Partners, and more will dive deep into the areas of VC investing in the U.S. We will see where some of the largest funds are putting their bets. Bringing together seasoned venture capitalists with successful track records and deep domain expertise, we will explore what areas of tech offer the highest potential to them.

The Cleantech Trail Blazers

Cleantech has captured a significant amount of the world's attention in recent years. The panel will bring together industry visionaries from top global cleantech companies, research institutions, and public office to explore this emerging market for entrepreneurship and investment. Speakers from U.S. Treasury Department, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Applied Materials, EnerNOC, and more will discuss:

--  Which clean technologies will emerge as the game-changers in the next
    10 years? Will they be enough to solve the world's energy problems?
--  Is there a potential for cleantech startups, given long technology
    development cycles, dependence on an aging infrastructure, and entrenched
    entities that resist change?

Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Networking

From the founding team at LinkedIn to the leadership team at Facebook, Matt Cohler has sat on the front lines of the social networking phenomenon since early 2003. In this talk, Matt will explore the evolution of social networking from its early days as a friend finder to its position today as a fundamental enabling platform on the Internet. Matt will also explain why, for any entrepreneur starting a consumer Internet company, the most important factor is determining a clear pathway for driving distribution and user adoption.

Find out more about the sessions and the speakers at

Conference Details

Dates: Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.
About TiEcon 2007

TiEcon 2007 is two action packed days of aspiring, exploring, and networking on May 18 and 19. TiEcon will explore today's business environment and discuss the big issues facing industry and entrepreneurs. A stellar combination of Keynote Speakers, Distinguished Speakers, Luminary and Front Line Panels will focus on this year's theme "The New Face of Entrepreneurship" across businesses and ecosystems. TiEcon attendees will have the opportunity to interact with more than 4000 attendees including industry experts, corporate executives, VCs, customers, and entrepreneurs -- making this an exciting and don't miss event.

Come to TiEcon 2007 -- dream, explore, and connect with the best in the industry and discover the "entrepreneur in you."

About TiE

TiEcon is TiE Silicon Valley's annual flagship event. Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, TiE is a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals. TiE stands for Talent, Ideas, and Enterprise; it is an open and inclusive organization that has rapidly grown to more than 45 chapters in 10 countries with a membership base of over 10,000. TiE Silicon Valley is sponsored by the top Venture Capital firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and professional service providers. TiE fosters entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education. At the heart of TiE is its strong ecosystem, which has enabled members to facilitate and create a cohesive network of strong, viable, and sustainable chapters worldwide. The TiE brand is synonymous with entrepreneurship and wealth creation globally.

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