SOURCE: TiEcon

July 17, 2007 13:00 ET

TiECon Southwest 2007 'Entrepreneurship: Now, New, Next' Lures Impressive Keynotes, Diverse Panelists

10th Annual Southwest Business Conference TiECon Features Keynotes Andy Bird, President of Disney International; Promod Haque, Forbes-Named #1 Deal-maker; Sean Parker, Co-Founder of Highly Successful Facebook.com; and 6 Distinct Panel Sessions With 30 Prominent Speakers

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - The Indus Entrepreneurs [TiE], the world's largest organization devoted to entrepreneurship, today announced TiECon Southwest 2007. The all-day conference will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Anaheim. The event, billed as ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Now, New, Next, is being hosted by TiE-Southern California in association with TiE chapters from San Diego and Phoenix. The announcement was made today by Sanjay Kucheria, president of TiE Southern California, and TiECon Southwest 2007 co-chairpersons, Toni DasGupta and Ken Silverman.

TiECon Southwest 2007 will highlight successful entrepreneurial trends, companies, and individuals, all from across key industries. Confirmed keynote speakers include Andy Bird, President of Walt Disney International, who, among many other global initiatives, championed Disney's entry into India; Promod Haque, Managing Partner of Norwest Venture Partners, who FORBES magazine continually ranks as one of America's top VCs; and entrepreneur Sean Parker, Managing Partner of Founders Fund, who co-founded both Napster and Facebook. Thirty additional entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture capitalists, attorneys, scientists, and other professionals will speak on seven panels designed to highlight the newest developments in business from the perspective of industry leaders. Panel topics include:

--  Future Technology: Where is innovation headed?
--  Venture Capital: What are the VCs funding?
--  Entrepreneurship 101: The nuts and bolts of starting a company
--  Doing Business in India: What are the growth areas?
--  Media and Entertainment: How are media and tech trends merging?
--  Life sciences: What are the hot trends?
    
TiECon 2007 co-chair Toni DasGupta notes Southern California as a prime location for the conference because of its "tremendous pool of entrepreneurs and start-ups, in diverse fields such as technology, new media, entertainment and life sciences." She continues, "TiECon Southwest is a great forum for entrepreneurs to meet and network with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, and to find the mentors and resources they need to take their companies to the next level."

Founded in Silicon Valley, in 1992, TiE now boasts more than 15,000 members in 47 chapters around the world. TiE Southern California is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

According to TiE southern California President Sanjay Kucheria, "TiE mentors, motivates, and embraces like-minded idea-builders of every nationality and ethnicity -- men and women who dream big, think smart, work hard, and win. From New York to New Delhi, from London to Lahore, and from Singapore to Seattle, TiE events are known as the place to be to find tomorrow's best talent, ideas, and enterprises. TiECon Southwest 2007 is absolutely a must-attend event for anyone serious about building the future of their company and their career."

For more information about TiECon Southwest participation or sponsorship, visit www.TieConSouthwest.org.

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