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President's Notes, December 2019

December 30, 2019
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President's Notes, December 2019

Dr. Smita Siddhanti, TiE DC President (December 2019).Dear Friends of TiE DC -

Since I wrote to you in September, we have had very many exciting events and great roll out of initiatives this fall. Hopefully, you participated in one or all of these.

A group photo of the members of TiE DC.Our Big event - TiE DC GOVCON - in October was the most successful event with attendance of about 300 participants and about 40 speakers from various government agencies.
Since TiE DC is the seat of government consulting firms, GOVCON in DC is what TIECON is in other TIE chapters.  The gain in our membership and sponsorship after this event is a testimonial to its success.

A click from the event with Rajat Gupta - an Indian icon.In November, we had another successful event with Rajat Gupta - an Indian icon well known for his success, global fame, and then the hard fall.  He discussed his book Mind without Fear, that elaborates on his experience, which was fascinating to hear directly from him.  The event was well attended by nearly 100 TiE DC members and friends.
A click from the interaction with IIGP-Start-up Innovator Cohorts - 2019.
In continuation with our increasingly fruitful relationship with the Embassy of India and their initiative of collaboration of US-India start-up initiatives,the TiE DC Board  members were invited on Nov 15th for interaction with IIGP-Start-up Innovator Cohorts - 2019 and help them move forward and build business around their technologies through TiE networks and partnerships. Many follow-up actions are ongoing in the direction.

Early in December, we had a Fun Meet and Greet Event for all the Charter Members at my home, instead of the TiE Gala that we postponed for a later date next year.  This was  not only a very happy event with about 90 of us but a lot of good connections were made, bonding over food, drinks, dancing and singing till late night.  A click from the annual elections for the President-Elect in 2021.

TiE DC held our annual elections for the President-Elect in 2021 and new Board members for 2020.   Congratulations to SUNDI NATRAJAN for winning the President-Elect seat for 2021 and all the new board members.

Our last  Women Entrepreneurship effort that is closest to my own passion was held on Dec 21st - a mentoring session for women entrepreneurs from India, who are part of the TiE AIRSWEE program.  AIRSWEE - All India Roadshow for Women's Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship is a successful TiE initiative for the past few years.

As we close the year, I want thank my wonderful board, especially Manish and Sundi for their hard work this year.  They have all helped in enhancing the efforts, events, organization and partnerships that has set the stage and momentum in several dimensions of TiE-DC activities related to education, mentoring, networking, and investing.  This resulted in the following 2019 accomplishments:

  • Turned the TiE DC Chapter around, making it very relevant to the community at large, and resulting in almost 50% increase in its membership, sponsorship and events held/year.
  • Made the chapter very healthy financially by charging each event, including the 8-week session of TYE education, GovCon, Start-up workshop, Women’s mentorship conference, Strategic Planning workshop, and other events. Organized several marquee events resulted in them being sold out to capacity and attracted multiple new sponsors.
  • Institutionalized the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program to make it more of an professionally run enterprise within TiE DC – that resulted in a very successful 8-week session culminating in a successful competition of great companies (some were funded).
  • Connected TiE DC with other chapters and with Global TiE initiatives, such as the TiE Women Entrepreneur (TWE), TYE, and TiE Angel Investing, as well as with the TiE University Entrepreneur Initiative. A group photo of the entrepreneurs.
  • Started the TiE DC Angels group, appointed a committee within the board for this initiative and connected them with the TiE Angels Network for investments.
  • Started the social entrepreneurship and social impact investing initiatives in TiE-DC and intends to pursue these initiatives globally with other TiE Chapters.
  • Mentored other TiE chapters as TiE NC, and participated in other TiE events – led the GovCon workshop at the SoCal TiECon in Los Angeles (October 2019).
  • Enhanced the visibility to TiE through sponsoring and speaking at various forums this year: US-India Leaders’ Summit at the National Press Club in DC, and at the Philanthropy Summit at Georgetown University.
  • Enhanced partnerships with local ecosystem including Harvard Business School Club, Georgetown Business School and George Mason Business school, all of them we have held joint programs with.  In addition, we have partnered with CII, embassy and Us-India leadership Forum to sponsor programs on entrepreneurship initiatives, emerging technology, and start-ups, as well as philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.
  • Fostered strong relationships between TiE and the Indian Embassy to launch various technology incubation and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Congratulations to the TIE DC Team for a successful 2019!

As I end my tenure as the President of TiE  DC this year, I am not only going to continue as a TiE DC board member for another year according to our bylaws, but I have also been elected as the TIE GLOBAL BOARD member for 2020 and 2021.   I am looking forward to working with Manish Malhotra, the new TiE DC President to continue our momentum forward and working with the other 10 members of TIE Global to make a difference in entrepreneurship in various countries.


Dr. Smita Siddhanti
TiE DC President




Overview: Augmenting a successful track record of delivering four previous highly-rated Summits, the Wharton School Club of DC will host the 2019 Wharton DC Innovation Summit: Disruptive Technologies – Your Path to the Future. This full-day conference, open to the public, features two keynote speakers and a General Session.

TiE Tuesday: Emerging Technologies -- Navigating the Future

A click from the TiE Tuesday: Emerging Technologies -- Navigating the Future.TiE DC's TiE Tuesday on March 12 was a very well-attended event! The event showcased many trending technologies being integrated into current and future business strategies. Thank you to our panelists and moderator for guiding this informative event.

Speakers included:

  • Vishal Gupta, Global CTO & Sr Vice President, Technology @ Unisys
  • Laura Grant, Head of Cloud Compliance, Strategy & Innovation @ SAP
  • Jeff Truitt, Chief Corporate Development & Legal Officer @ Securrency
  • Narayan Iyer, Global Drones and AI Venture leader @ Cognizant

Moderated by: Sundi Natarajan, Co-founder @ Sparksoft Corporation

View Event Photos.

A click from the Charter Member Power Luncheon.

Charter Member Power Luncheon

Charter Members (CM) gathered for a networking lunch and an opportunity to learn more about the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). Knowledgeable  CM speakers, Raj Rai, Paul Singh, Prem Bajaj and Sundi Natarajan shared their experience with Angel investing In Technology Ventures and TGAA.  There were 20 CMs in attendance and the vibrant discussion clearly demonstrated a great interest in creating a mechanism to fund startups and additionally to bring our collective expertise in government client space.  We also discussed hosting a Shark Tank-like event later this year where invited Charter Member investors and technology industries will have the opportunity to interact and potentially gain further exposure to the TiE Global Angel Alliance investing community.  A small subcommittee is formed to take the next steps. If any of you are interested in joining this initiative, please contact Board Members Raj Rai and Sundi Natarajan.

Learn more at TiE Angels:

In brief, 2018 has been a very active year for TiE Global Angels. TGAA hosted 10 separate investor calls, leading to $295,000 in additional funding for companies beyond investment from their local TiE chapters. In 2016 and 2017, TGAA have demonstrated the viability of a platform for cross-chapter investing. Since their pilot launch in 2016, TGAA has held 13 separate investor calls for companies across many different industries. TGAA are industry agnostic, although their recent activity has skewed towards medical technology and devices. TiE Global Angels seek to exploit the knowledge and experience of over 280 registered TGAA members from 35 chapters worldwide.

Charter Member Highlight: Raj Patil

Photo of Mr. Raj Patil, founder and CEO, American Consultants (AEEC).Raj Patil is the founder and CEO at American Consultants (AEEC). American Consultants is a premier information technology and environmental engineering professional services firm.

AEEC was the subject of a case study written and published by Harvard Business Review. “AEEC: Becoming an Innovation Catalyst” was written by Professor Lynda M. Applegate, James Weber, and Sarah Mehta.

AEEC’s Harvard Business School (HBS) case study on innovation, that was published by Harvard Business Review in July 2017, was also taught at HBS campus three times to-date.

Additionally, Raj is also serving as a board member to BlockLAB at University of California, San Diego where he serves as co-chair of industry partners.

Now is the Time to Join TiE DC

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TiE Charter Members are successful, high profile entrepreneurs, corporate intrapreneurs and thought leaders, who have reached a stage in their professional life when they are ready, willing and able to contribute to fellow members. Charter Membership is $2,000/year and offers local and global benefits, with free and exclusive invitations to programs.


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