SOURCE: TiE Austin

August 29, 2007 00:00 ET

TiECon Texas Conference on the New Rules of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs, Investors and Political Leaders to Foster Entrepreneurship in Texas

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 29, 2007) - TiECon Texas, the premier conference for entrepreneurs will be held on September 21st at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin. This year's theme is "Entrepreneurship 2.0--The New Rules." Entrepreneurs from the high-tech, gaming, healthcare, and clean-tech industries as well as angel and venture capital investors will share their insights on new funding paradigms, hot new sectors, and global opportunities to build and sell products.

"The rules have changed in the past few years. Companies can get started on a shoestring budget. Core product development can be outsourced to a third party. Sales can come from anywhere in the World. Talent can be sourced globally. TiECon Texas will provide first-hand insights on how the entrepreneur can take advantage of the opportunities created by the new rules," said Anurag Kumar, TiE Austin President.

Keynote speakers will include: Ramalinga Raju of Satyam Computers, Prasad Thrikudam, President of Infosys (one of the largest IT services companies in the World) and Peter Stroples, a renowned expert of personal networking.

In addition, three panels will focus on the new rules of entrepreneurship. The "New Funding Paradigm" panel will focus on how the funding equation has changed for Texas-based startups and growth companies. Panelists include: Bill Morrow - Chairman of Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Michael Barker - Partner at Revolution Partners, Jay Campion - Partner at Access Venture Partners, and Phil Siegel - Partner at Austin Ventures Growth Equity Fund with Paul Hurdlow - Partner at DLA PIPER as Moderator.

The "Future Tech Sectors in Texas" panel will focus on identifying the hottest growth sectors in the coming years. A distinguished panel of CEOs and experts from semiconductor, software, gaming and clean energy will provide their insights and perspectives. Panelists include: Brett Hurt - CEO of Bazaarvoice, Kevin Lalande - Partner at Sante Healthcare, Dave Pietruszynski - CEO of BlackSand Technologies, Joel Serface - Director of Clean Energy Institute, and Gordon Walton - Co-Studio Director at Bioware Pandemic Games.

The "Emerging Asia" panel will offer perspectives on how Texas-based companies can capitalize on sales opportunities in fast growing Asian markets as well as entrepreneurial opportunities in representing Asian companies in the U.S. market. An experienced panel of executives and experts will share their insights. Panelists include: Peter Harrison - CEO of GlobalLogic, Matt Porta-Partner at IBM Global Services China, Venkat Sundrajan - VP of Seagate Malaysia, and Mark Riedy - Partner at Andrews & Kurth.

"TiECon receives kudos every year for assembling such a high caliber of speakers with deep knowledge, wisdom, insight and experience. This is an outstanding group of speakers and panels with keen insights and deep expertise on how the very nature of entrepreneurship is changing," said Laurie Payne, Executive Director of TiE Austin.

The conference will have limited seating so attendees are requested to register early. Registration and more information can be found at

About TiE:

TiE is a not-for-profit, volunteer professional organization that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992, TiE now has over 48 chapters around the world with over 12,000 members. TiE Texas consists of chapters in Austin, Dallas and Houston and promotes entrepreneurship and networking through seminars, mentoring, workshops and the annual TiECon conference.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:

    Laurie C. Payne
    Executive Director
    TiE Austin
    office: 512.305.0575
    mobile: 832.287.7407
    email: Email Contact