Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

ATEA Silicon Valley chapter is excited to host a half-day event on Saturday, 24th February, 2018 at 9:00 am on the topic of Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies.
Blockchain Technologies

We have lined up an excellent pool of speakers and panelists – practitioners and technologists to help you dive into this red hot area. The event is held in the South Bay area.

Contents of this half day event will include:
  • Blockchain Technology 101
  • Blockchain based solutions
  • Cryptocurrencies and tokens
  • ICOs and Investments
Venue: University of Silicon Andhra, California Circle, Milpitas, CA
DateSaturday, 24th February, 2018
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Event Starts: 9:00 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM
C Mohan, IBM Fellow, IBM Almaden Research, will speak on private blockchains and applications that matter.
Srinivasan Sriram, Founder & CEO of Skuchain, Board Member at Blockchain University, and a technologist with vast experience will enlighten the audience on supply chain applications of blockchain technology.
Maryanne Morrow, CEO of SurgeXLR, Angel Investor and former executive at Wall Street Journal executive will speak about the business side of blockchain technology and moderate the panel.
Sanjit Singh Dang, Investment Director at Intel Capital and Board Director on several startups, will share his thoughts on investment / funding scenario in blockchain technology related startups.
Ashish Mahashabde formerly with IBM Ventures, Intel Capital and Striker Ventures, will share his thoughts on blockchain technology related initiatives.
Vinoth Kumar, Chief Solutions Architect at Visa will speak on the inner workings of blockchain.
Arvind Thirumurthy, Cryptocurrency Developer and Investor will speak on Investment Opportunities in Cryptocurrencies.
Vince Kohli, startup advisor / mentor at Stanford Enterprise, Berkeley, MIT, Google Launchpad, etc.
In conclusion, there will be a panel discussion where you will get to know where the opportunities are in this exciting space.
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GTEN Spring 2018 Conference by ATEA Silicon Valley

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA), Silicon Valley chapter has started planning for GTEN (Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network) Spring 2018 Conference. We had a successful GTEN Spring event in 2017. We had Tamil entrepreneurs attending from US, Singapore, and India.

GTEN Spring 2018 has been tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2018. This is a day prior to the TiEcon 2018 in Santa Clara, California.

GTEN Spring will include several program segments similar to last year:

  • Keynotes
  • Panel discussions
  • Startup Pitch session

Finalist startups from our Startup Pitch Fest (tentatively planned for March 2018) will have an opportunity to present in the pitch session in GTEN Spring 2018.

Venue, Date and Agenda will updated as we finalize the details. Please keep an eye on the ATEA Email Notifications and WhatsApp messages in this regard.

If you are not an member yet, please do become an ATEA Member as the annual membership will be valid until December 31, 2018.

We look forward seeing you in Silicon Valley @ GTEN Spring 2018!



ATEA BootCamp – Idea to MVP

On Friday, Dec. 15th, ATEA conducted a Startup BootCamp with a theme of “Idea to MVP”. The event was held in the Google Developers Launchpad space in San Francisco.

Often times, entrepreneurs have difficulty in reaching the MVP stage for several reasons:

  • They think that the finished product is not “good enough” from an engineering POV
  • They did not get sufficient input / feedback from their target market to know that their product is fulfilling a pain point
  • They do not know how to “get the word out” about their product
  • They do not have have the appropriate “channels” for their product

The good news is that the ATEA ecosystem (with its Charter Members and influencers) has the people who have “been there and done that” for each of the scenarios outlined above. The BootCamp provided an opportunity to tap into these resources and lead discussions with the entrepreneurs – to allow them to reach the MVP stage in their journey.

The BootCamp was facilitated by TechStars – which has helped entrepreneurs succeed all over the world. The facilitator, Dani Arnaout, is a successful entrepreneur and was recently listed in Forbes 30 under 30 for Enterprise Technology.

The event began with the members of the audience introducing themselves and providing ideas that they have been germinating on. There was a wide range of interests – from consumer to B2B covering a broad spectrum – from BlockChain to Machine Learning / AI. Following the introduction, the members of the audience formed five teams.

Lena Kannappan giving an “Entrepreneur 101” talk – that walked the audience through the startup lifecycle. This was followed by a “Problem, Solution, Product Engineering” talk by Prakash Narayan. Here the speaker helped the audience understand how to define an MVP and the phases of development to reach that stage.

After lunch, Nat Nataraj and Ramesh Krishnan gave a talk on “Customer validation, Product Management and Market Research”. This provided some key insights on TAM / SAM and Go To Market strategies.

After a hands on session on “How to Pitch”, the teams (that were formed earlier) came up to pitch their ideas. There was a distinguished panel of Mentors who listened to the pitches, asked questions and provided feedback. The panel included, Vasanth Ganesan, Global Practice Manager, Internet of Things at McKinsey; SV Krishnamurthy, Advisor at Keiretsu Forum, Chennai & Singapore; Madhu Iyer, Chief Data Officer at Ethoslending; Kevin Walter, Director of Product Management at Microfocus and Lena Kannappan, COO of 8kMiles.

At the end of the day, the audience members were given a “crash course” on the startup ecosystem from product engineering to product marketing. A typical TechStars BootCamp goes for 2.5 days and includes further development of the ideas. ATEA intends to conduct such a BootCamp in the future. The event on Dec. 15th is an initial step. You can watch or follow us on Twitter @ateasv to get more information.


Actor Suriya Sivakumar

ATEA Silicon Valley – Suriya Sivakumar Event Highlight Video

Suriya Sivakumar, actor, producer, philanthropist, and founder of Agaram Foundation was the chief guest of the event held on September 15, 2017, by ATEA Silicon Valley chapter, in Newark, California.

The event included startup pitches by founders of four early stage startups, Agaram Foundation presentation by Suriya and his team, Pledges by donors, and dinner sponsored by Ananda Bhavan. In addition to the ATEA team, key participants of the event include Prabakar Sundarrajan (The Fabric), Michel Susai (NeoAccell / NetScaler), Jay Vijayan (former CIO, Tesla), SV Krishnamurthy (Keiretsu Forum, Singapore / Chennai), and Anbu Gounder (Minkasu).

Here is the ATEA Silicon Valley – Suriya Sivakumar event highlights video (4 minutes):

Startup Pitches

Following founders / startups participated in rapid fire pitches:

(1) Adithya Murali: Glucotune – Diabetes monitoring and management

(2) Raman Narayanan: Equate Health – Digital Health wearable for Chonic Disease management

(3) Muthu Annamalai: Ezhil – Programming Software Platform in Tamil

(4) Seetharaman Gudette: Dyzaro – IT Performance Monitoring Platform


Actor Suriya

ATEA North East Chapter Formal Launch with Actor Suriya

ATEA North East Chapter (ATEA NE) formally launches on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in New Jersey. Tamil Actor, Producer, Philanthropist Suriya and Founder of Agaram Foundation is the chief guest. This is an invite-only, exclusive event for American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association – North East chapter members, sponsors and well wishers.

Suriya at ATEA North East

ATEA North East Chapter Launch with Suriya

Design Thinking Seminar for CXOs, Strategists and Senior Leaders

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) has scheduled a Design Thinking Seminar for CXOs, Entrepreneurs, Strategists and Senior Leaders on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 pm to 9 pm PT) to be held in Santa Clara, California.  This will be an invite-only event with limited seats.


ZGC Innovation Center, 4500 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054


6:00 pm Check-in and Dinner

6:45 pm Introduction

7:00 pm Design Thinking

8:30 pm Q&A and Networking

The Design Thinking seminar will have you spend an evening learning and practicing alternative paths to leadership and innovation by applying Design Thinking tools to strategy, product, innovation and engagement. In this session, you will learn to embed experience design in your organizations by:

  • Truly understanding your customer
  • Bringing empathy to the organization
  • Designing in real-time
  • Acting quickly

The seminar involves going through a condensed and simple approach to practice Design Thinking tools and techniques you can apply to address your own business challenges.


The Design Thinking Seminar will be facilitated by the IT industry veteran L C Singh, Chairman and CEO of Nihilent Technologies, a worldwide change management and consulting firm.

LC is a pioneer in the $150 billion Indian Consulting and IT industry. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) BHU. LC is an invited speaker at global conferences that relate to Design Thinking, Change Management, and Digital Disruption.

LC founded Nihilent in the year 2000 with offices in India and global offices in South Africa, USA, UK, Australia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Nihilent has emerged as one of the most creative Design Thinking and consulting companies globally to help customers innovate, grow, and be efficient.

LC is also a globally recognized thought leader on Design and Systems Thinking. He is the author of Nihilent’ s patented change management framework MC3. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI). He continues to be a student of ontology and epistemology.

LC has deep interest in the arts. He has written and produced a feature film called “Banaras a mystic love story” and pursued advanced photography and is an accomplished photographer. LC conducts regular workshops in photography.


This will be an invitation only event with limited seats. No walk-ins allowed.

You might have already received the invites from us with registration information for the available slots.

Register on Eventbrite

Nihilent TechnologiesIf you are a CXO or a senior leader involved in strategizing, planning, and building innovative technology products, please check with us if this seminar is for you and availability of seats.

The Design Thinking seminar is sponsored by Nihilent Technologies.