Upcoming ATEA Silicon Valley Events

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Past ATEA Silicon Valley Events

Following is the summary of past American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association – Silicon Valley events.

ATEA-SV – Entrepreneur Boot Camp – From Idea to MVP on Dec 15, 2017 at Google Launchpad

ATEA is excited to invite you to participate in a Startup Workshop on December 15th at the Google Launchpad office on 301 Howard Street, San Francisco. The theme of the workshop is“Idea to MVP”.

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. This provides an opportunity to tap into these resources to lead discussions with the entrepreneurs – to allow them to reach the MVP stage in their journey.

The workshop is facilitated by TechStars – which has helped entrepreneurs succeed all over the world. There will be Subject Matter Experts on hand who will instruct / mentor each section of the Workshop.

While the Workshop is free for ATEA Members (and a nominal fee for non-members), we have a qualification process.

ATEA SV 11/18 Meetup Event – Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) – Silicon Valley is excited to host a meet up on Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 at 9:00 am on the topic of Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

The event will be held at the Applied Ventures (Building 1 – 3050 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95054). Some light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

We have lined up an excellent pool of speakers – practitioners, technologists and VCs to help you dive into this hot area.

You will hear about how Data Science is used by companies in two different areas: Finance and Life Sciences. You will also understand the inner workings of deep learning software such as Tensorflow, PyTorch, Keras etc.

The speakers include Dr. Ravi Chityala, Sr. Engineer, Electa. Ravi has conducted Tensorflow workshops at major conferences; Madhu Iyer, Chief Data Officer, EthosLending – a Khosla Ventures backed Startup and Malaikannan Sankarasubbu, VP of AI Research, Saama Technologies – focused on getting drugs/medicines to market faster.

You will get to understand the inner workings of the technology and also how the technology is being used in real life applications. The talks will be followed by a panel that features Rajesh Swaminathan from AMAT Ventures; Prof. Ram Akella of UCSC who is currently researching Machine Learning, Data and Text Mining; Raj Gavenraj, CEO of 7 Senses who is driving the convergence of AI and Education through Robots. You will get to know where the opportunities are in this exciting space.

The cost is $5 if you are an ATEA member and $15 for non-members. Women and Youth can use the discount code ATEAWOMENROCK to get a $5 discount code (for both members and non-members) at checkout. This is limited to the first 25 Women and Youth (age 30 and below) that register. There are very few discounts remaining. Please note that this discount code is only for women and youth.

You can click here to become an ATEA member.

This is the first in our series of talks on the topic of Data Science and Machine Learning. By becoming a member, you will be the first to hear about future Meetups on this and other topics.

If you have already registered, thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, Nov 18, 2017.

Sponsors for this event include Applies Materials and Torus.

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association
Silicon Valley Chapter

Fireside Chat with Suriya Sivakumar, Actor, Founder of Agaram Foundation

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) – Silicon Valley has announced a Fireside Chat with Actor and Social Entrepreneur Suriya Sivakumar followed by dinner. The chief guest is the founder of Agaram Foundation, a not-for-profit social organization involved in enabling college education for underprivileged students. This is an ATEA Entrepreneur / Member-only event. Limited tickets, please register today.

Please register at: https://atea.eventbrite.com

Actor Suriya SivakumarDate: September 15, 2017 (Friday)

Time: 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: Oasis Palace, 35145 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA 94560

Tentative Agenda: 

6:00 pm – Registration / Checkin

7:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions

7:10 pm – Startup Pitching (Elevator Pitches)

7:20 pm – Chat with Entrepreneurs & Suriya Sivakumar

7:40 pm – Agaram Presentation

8:15 pm – Dinner Opens

8:30 pm – Attendees Networking

Registration: Pre-registration is required. At-the-door registration not available. Limited tickets available. Please subscribe to ATEA Annual Membership and register for the event at: https://atea.eventbrite.com

Design Thinking Seminar for CXOs, Entrepreneurs and Leaders on June 14, 2017

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

Design Thinking Seminar

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.

If 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.

For more information, please visit: Design Thinking Seminar.

ATEA GTEN Spring Event on 4th May 2017 in Silicon Valley

ATEA Silicon Valley chapter has planned GTEN (Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network) 2017 Spring Meet on 4th May 2017 – prior to the TiECon 2017 Entrepreneurship conference.

Date: 4th May 2017, Thursday

Time: 2 pm to 9 pm PST

Venue: Kellogg Auditorium, Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA
(One block west of Santa Clara Convention Center / Hyatt Regency / Hilton)

Event Registration: Advance registration is required, admission free for ATEA members, fees $50 per person for non-members. Includes dinner.

Event schedule: Please visit GTEN Spring 2017 page for detailed agenda and speakers.

Attendees are expected from all over US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tamil Nadu.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for this event with global audience, please contact us.

Event Sponsors: 8K Miles Media, India Abroad, Decision Minds, Silicon Valley Bank, Swagath Gourmet

ATEA SV Event on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ATEA Silicon Valley chapter held a meetup event on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 at 6.00 pm in Intuit, Mountain View, CA.

Michel Susai

Entrepreneurial Journey

Michel Susai, serial entrepreneur, and founder of Netscaler (acquired by Citrix in 2005) and NeoAccel (acquired by VMware in 2011) is the guest speaker for this segment of the event.

Michel shared his entrepreneurial journey to the audience.

Ravi Ravichandran

Building, Scaling and Selling SaaS Products

Ravi Ravichandran is currently Architect and Technical Evangelist at Salesforce.com. Prior to this, he founded Symbra. He was with Oracle and several top accounting / consulting organizations earlier. He is an expert in SaaS / IaaS / PaaS technologies.

Ravi spoke on Building, Scaling and Selling SaaS products.

Event Information

Date: March 22, 2017

Time: 6 PM PST

Venue: Intuit, Building 20, 2600 Marine Way, Mountain View, CA

Registration: This event is free for members, but advance registration is required. Registration will be closed 24 hours prior to the event.

February 16, 2017 ATEA Business Mixer Event

ATEA Silicon Valley has scheduled a chapter meeting on 16th February 2017. Suja Chandrasekaran, CIO of Kimberly-Clark will be the guest speaker for the networking / mixer event.

Please note that this event is in the East Bay area. Snacks / Pizza will be served.

Date: 02/16/2017 Thursday 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST

Venue: Russel Room, Amador Rancho Center, 1998 Rancho Park Loop, San Ramon, CA 94582

Speaker: Suja Chandrasekaran, CIO, Kimberly-Clark

Topic: Suja will provide a brief talk on Women in Entrepreneurship, Tech executive journey, and Reaching your full potential and navigating your career. It will be followed by Q&A.

Suja ChandrasekaranShort Bio: Suja is the Global CIO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, former SVP and Global Chief Technology and Data Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and former VP and CTO of PepsiCo. Prior to joining as a new board member of 8K Miles, Suja served on the board of the Symphony Technology Group Portfolio Companies. Suja has earned a number of awards for her work including being featured as “Top 10 Women in Tech” by Chain Store Age, Digital Visionary in Consumer Goods by CGT,  “Top 10 Leaders of Digital and Technology” by the Financial Times, and Top 50 Diverse Executives by Diversity MBA Magazine.

Full Profile

Suja brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and leadership roles in both the consumer goods and retail industries, including some of the world’s greatest retail and consumer goods organizations. Currently, She serves as the Global CIO for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where she is leveraging her strong track record of leading technology and digital organizations to deliver significant value to Kimberly-Clark and its customers. With its well-known brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark products are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries.

Suja recently transitioned from serving as SVP, Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Officer at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Fortune 1 Company in the world. She has led technology and data transformation for Wal-Mart US, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart International. Prior to that, she has served as Global Chief Information Officer of The Timberland Company, where she was accountable for the Footwear, Apparel & Accessories retailer’s technology, ecommerce and digital transformation.

As the VP and Chief Technology Officer of PepsiCo North America, Suja led the company’s digital and technology strategy and delivery for its business units including Frito Lay, Pepsi Beverages, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi Bottling.

As the CIO of Transformation, for Nestle Americas, Suja led the world’s largest food & beverage company’s business transformation initiatives including business process, technology and data transformation for the company’s Global Business Excellence (GLOBE) across Nestle Americas.

Suja has executive development education from London Business School and earned her Master of Business Systems at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Temple University’s FOX School of Business awarded her the IT Leader of the Year award in 2013 for her accomplishments in global digital leadership as a big data and advanced analytics leader and practitioner. She has been named as one of Top 10 Digital & Technology Leaders in the United States by Financial Times—which also nominated Suja for board of director memberships of several public companies. Other honors include being named as one of the Top 50 Diverse Executives of 2014 by Diversity MBA Magazine, and as one of the world’s most “ICONIC” Women Leaders in Technology by Interop, Information Week, India.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for the event, please contact us.

ATEA SV 2016 Holiday Mixer

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) – Silicon Valley chapter had organized a Holiday Mixer on Thursday (12/22/2016) evening at 6:30 pm at 415 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 (NW corner of Oakmead and Arques).

There were no guest speakers. Enjoyed beer and snacks, and mixed with the participants!

This was a great opportunity to meet with ATEA SV team leaders, members and community at large.

With a smaller audience of 65 particpants, it was easy to network and speak with specific individuals.

Great seeing you all in the mixer. Happy Holidays!

Event pictures are available on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1583089465041016.1073741832.1502289576454339&type=3

Dec 3, 2016 ATEA Silicon Valley soft launch and meet at ICC, Milpitas

ATEA Silicon Valley chapter organizied the soft launch event on 3rd December, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

An entrepreneurial story and a Tech Talk were part of the event.

Venue: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, California


Kumar Rangarajan, Facebook – TEATalk – Entrepreneurial journey

Kumar Rangarajan FacebookKumar is the Software Engineering Manager at Facebook.

He founded Little Eye Labs in Bangalore which was acquired by Facebook. Little Eye Labs developed a performance monitoring and analysis tool for mobile developers.

Prior to that he was with Blue Coat Systems, S7 Software Solutions and IBM India, Rational Software, HP India and GE Medical Systems.

Kumar will share his entrepreneurial journey from Bangalore to Silicon Valley.

Karthik Ramasamy, Twitter – TechTalk – Big data, Analytics, Stream processing and Twitter Heron

Karthik Ramasamy Twitter HeronKarthik is the Engineering Manager at Twitter. He founded the big data startup Locamatix in Sunnyvale which was acquired by Twitter. He is a faculty at EECS Department at UC Berkeley. Prior to this, he was in Juniper Networks.

Karthik is the author of the best selling book “Network Routing – Algorithms, Protocols and Architectures”, several publications and ten patents in large scale data processing.

He will share his expertise with big data, analytics, stream processing, and Twitter Heron.


9:00 AM – Registration, Networking

9:30 AM – ATEA Introduction and overview

9:45 AM – TEATalk by Kumar Rangarajan, Facebook

10:45 AM – Snacks and Coffee / Tea Break

11:00 AM – TechTalk by Karthik Ramasamy, Twitter

12:00 PM – Networking and Lunch

Become an ATEA annual member ($100 only) for free registration to this event!


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ATEA Silicon Valley had an excellent event with Hemalatha Annamalai, Ampere Vehicles, a successful women entrepreneur from Coimbatore, India as a special speaker in June, 2016.

ATEA Silicon Valley had a meetup during TiECon in May 2016 in Santa Clara Convention Center in California. Over 150 members of Tamil origin from US and India participated in the event.

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