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President's Notes, January 2020

February 20, 2020
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President's Notes, January 2020


Dear TiE DC Friends:

Greetings and good wishes for 2020!
I am very excited and honored to lead TiE DC, the premier organization supporting our vibrant entrepreneur community, and connecting us globally with others of similar pursuit. 
First and foremost, I want to congratulate Dr. Smita Siddhanti and all the 2019 board members for their excellent work and accomplishments through the year. Many congratulations to Smita for being elected to TiE Global board of directors. We look forward to supporting you in your global initiatives. 
I am also excited to work alongside Sundi Natarajan (President-Elect) and all the newly elected 2020 TiE DC board members. I feel fortunate to work with an excellent dedicated team of highly accomplished individuals who are committed to giving back to the community. 
Thank you to all our current Charter Members and Members and a warm welcome to everyone who recently joined us. As a member of TiE DC, you are part of the largest global network of entrepreneurs, with 15,000 members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. Traveling to major cities in the U.S. and around the world, you can develop valuable relationships with fellow company builders. If you are a seasoned and successful entrepreneur, your joining TiE DC would be a give-back to the community of upcoming entrepreneurs or making new partnerships. So, if you are a Charter Member, a Member, a Corporate member, or wondering whether to join or re-join TiE DC, now is the time to join this fast growing global force.
 Our vision and goals for this year: 
  • Plan events that are truly relevant to the TiE DC community
  • Focus on enhancing women entrepreneurship
  • Match up Start-up entrepreneurs and investors through our TiE DC Angels meetups 
  • Deliver an at-scale Emerging Tech/Cyber day 
  • Scale-up our marquee GovCon event from last year that attracted over 300 attendees
  • Implement a more sustainable model for hosting the 8-week training and competition for The Young Entrepreneur (TYE) program that has been one of our highly acclaimed initiatives.
To support our member community, we have been hard at work to develop meaningful programming for this year to foster connections and enable insights for growing businesses. Here are some of the events to look forward to:
  • Charter Member Power Lunches – TiE DC Angel Investing
  • TiE Tuesdays – Authors, Speakers, Mentors, Business Education 
  • Emerging Technologies / Cyber Day Conference 
  • Celebrating Success of Women Entrepreneurs
  • TYE Bootcamp – Mentoring & Preparing the Next Generation 
  • TiE BiggieBills Strategy Workshop
  • TiE Capital GovCon and CXO Meetup 
  • TiE DC President’s Barbecue
  • TiE DC Golf 
  • TiE Holiday Gala – December 
We hope to have new members join in the fun and for all members to get more engaged with our initiatives. Your ideas and efforts will make TiE DC a vibrant community for growth and partnerships. Please contact any of us on the board directly and help us make TiE DC even more exciting and meaningful. 
You can also get in touch with our Executive Director, Jennifer Fortney at [email protected], for any additional questions you might have.
Best wishes,
Manish Malhotra 
TiE DC President



TiE DC was thrilled to host a Farewell luncheon for His Excellency, The Ambassador of India, Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla. The event was held on January 3rd at The Capital Grille. CLICK HERE to view a photo album of the event on Facebook.


Our January Member Mixter featured Guest Speaker, John Hillen. John is the author of "What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You". More than 50 members and guests attended this event held at Sapphire in Tysons. CLICK HERE to view a photo album of the event on Facebook.


TYE is a global program dedicated to fostering future generations of industry leaders by teaching high school students the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. TYE is an "Entrepreneurship Academy," where student teams utilize modern skills and tools to build a concept using customer feedback, iteration, and lightweight business models. 
On January 11, TiE DC kicked off our 2020 program with 23 students. The program integrates classroom sessions, mentoring, and competitions. Teams will compete at the chapter level and the winners have the opportunity to compete at TYE Global Finals. The Final Results will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on April 25. Best of luck to all of our students!


Congratulations to our newly elected board members. These members will serve for a one-year period from January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.


Below please find a list of TiE DC's current committees and the member that will lead each.

Annual Gala Committee: Pallabi Saboo
Emerging Tech/Cyber Committee: Praba Murugaiah
Events Planning Committee: Manish Malhotra
Finance Committee: Sundi Natarajan
GovCon Committee: Manish Malhotra
Membership Committee: Ravi Puli
Sponsorship Committee: Pallabi Saboo
TiE DC Angels Committee: Rajesh Rai
TYE Program Committee: Sumeet Luthra


Save the date for the events below! Registration is live for many of the events -- register today!

February 6, 12 noon: Webinar: TiE Global: Investing in India in 2020, Presented by Dr. Shyam Prasad Katipalli, First Secretary, Income Tax Overseas Unit & Commerce, Officer at the Embassy of India in Washington, DC – Moderated by Ravi Pulli TiE DC Board Member Free for all to attend – No Registration required.
Link to attend the webinar -

February 18, 12-1pm: Webinar: Immigration, Mobility, & H-1B VisasSponsored by: Chugh

February 27, 11:30am-2:00pm: TiE Angel Meeting & Power Lunch

March 17, 12-1pm: Webinar: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Sponsored by: Aristi Technologies

July 2-5, 2020: TiE Global Almaty Charter Member Retreat

Events soon to be announced!
TiE Tuesday -- Future of Work
Emerging Tech / Cyber Day
Celebrating Women 2020
TiE DC GovCon 2020
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