If you want to stop to meet real vibrant new startup founders, pitch investors, promote your business and get fresh & honest insights, then you just can’t miss to attend our 2nd edition of highly exciting Techcircle Startup 2014 which is happening tomorrow. The conference will be held on February 26-27 at Hotel Matthan, Bangalore.
A two-day conference will widely run through the topics focusing on: Opportunities for India in Internet of Things space; India Vs global: what is the best go-to-global market strategy; how to build an effective mobile strategy; more insights on team building and product testing among others. The conference will also include hot buzzing sector focus panels such as: Healthcare; Consumer Internet & Digital Services, the sectors which are already gearing up investor attention.
Besides this, there will be interesting keynote talks from Ajit Balakrishnan – Founder & CEO, Rediff.com India Limited who will take us through his journey of internet entrepreneurship for two decades and Srikanth Nadhamuni – CEO, Khosla Labs who will shed light on his learnings from WebMD in US and Aadhaar in India, besides an engaging interview with Subrata Mitra -Partner, Accel Partners, on his experiences from investing in successful companies like Musigma, Myntra & Flipkart. For more details on the agenda, click here.
With participation from more than 200 top technology entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, corporate acquirers and media, this conference will be one of the largest conferences to be held in India’s Silicon Valley.
Day I, 26th February
10:00am – 3:00pm
TC Startup Walkabout
Here we will take Techcircle Startup 2014 participants to the offices of India’s best venture capital funds and established companies in Bengaluru for interactive workshop delivering insights on some of the most pertinent areas driving a company’s growth. Here participants will get to meet the team, see how the best companies function, interact and learn more about India’s best entrepreneurship stories and much more. Each participant will get to chose two sessions based on his/her company and location preference. Seats are limited, hence book your slots in advance with Sandeep/ Krishna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0120-4171111.
9:00am – 10:00am
I. Google (Registration Closed)
10:00am – 11:00am
II. Flipkart (Registration Closed)
2:00pm – 3:00pm
I. Mu Sigma
II. Sequoia Capital (Registration Closed)
III. Helion Advisors (Registration Closed)
Day II, 27th February
8:30 am – 9:15am
Tea & Registration
9:15am – 9:20am
9:20am – 10:00am
TC Insights I: Opportunities for India in Internet of Things Space—Are We Prepared?
From contact lenses that aid in health monitoring to refrigerators that can remind users when they are out of milk, the internet of things storm is near. Startups around the world are getting on the ‘Internet of Things’ bandwagon, but is India missing out somewhere. Is it a thing of the future, or a fast becoming reality? Is software eating the world? How much should we allow technology to proliferate our lives? Is there a place where we should draw the line? What can we expect to see next? Can an Indian startup become the next big thing?
Vinay Nathan – Co-Founder, CEO, Altizon Systems Pvt. Ltd
Abhishek H Latthe – CEO, SenseGiz Inc
Bahubali Vasant Shete – Connovate Technology Pvt Ltd
Sanjay Nath – Co-founder & MD, Blume Ventures (Moderator)
10:00am – 10:40am
TC Insights II: A Mobile First Strategy—Why It Matters & How to Leverage It Best
With a large number of e-commerce companies claiming that mobile account for over 40% of their total traffic—and this number is only growing—is going mobile first the only way forward? How do startups build an effective mobile strategy? What are the key things to consider before implementing the same? How to best reach out to mobile consumers? How does a mobile first philosophy tap into current growth and prepare you for the future? How important is it to think out of the box?
BipinPreet Singh – Founder & CEO, Mobikwik
Bhavesh Agarwal – Co- Founder & CEO, Olacabs
Shriram Krishnamachari – Head of Sales & Business Development – India, Intuit
Manik Arora – Founder & MD, IDG Ventures (Moderator)
10:40am – 11:00am
Tea & Networking
11:00am – 11:20am
Keynote Address I: Mapping Internet Entrepreneurship for Two Decades
Ajit Balakrishnan – Founder & CEO, Rediff.com India Limited
11:20pm – 11:50pm
TC Insights IV: India Vs. Global—When should Startups Take the Plunge?
At what point in their life cycle should companies decide to take their products global? Should all Indian-origin startups act local but think global? What is the best go-to-global market strategy? What are the challenges faced by startups in its execution? Is it best to get a foreign investor on board if you plan to take your company global?
Kiran Kumar – Ex Co-founder & CEO, Adepto Solutions Pvt Ltd
Deobrat Singh – Co-founder & CEO, Gazemetrix
Kevin William David – Co Founder & CEO, Walletkit Technologies Pvt Ltd
Pallav Nadhani – Co-founder & CEO, FusionCharts
Sateesh Andra – Managing Partner, Ventureast Tenet Fund (Moderator)
Techcircle Talks: Sharp-focused panels on trending topics from the most relevant folks in the business with Q&A.
11:50pm – 12:30pm
TC Talk I: Team Building: It can Make or Break Your Startup, Literally
Getting the right kind of co-founders is crucial to any startup. But even if you have a good founding team in place, the first few key hires can literally make or break the company. What are the best practices in hiring? What are the characteristics one should look at in the first few hires? How to retain a star employee? How does one decide compensation? Post hiring how do you keep your employees happy?
Krishna Kumar – CEO & Founder, Simplilearn
Raghunandan Gangappa – Co-founder and Director, TaxiForSure.com
Ajay Adiseshann – Founder & MD, Paymate
Gaurav Saraf – Director, Epiphany Ventures
Anand Daniel – Principal, Accel (Moderator)
12:30 pm – 12:50pm
Presentation – Powering Your Business Growth through Cloud
Vamsicharan Mudiam – Country Manager, Cloud Solutions, IBM India Pvt Ltd
12:50pm – 1:30pm
Lunch & Networking
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Keynote Address II – Learnings from Two Big Startups –WebMD in US and Aadhaar in India
Srikanth Nadhamuni – CEO, Khosla Labs
1:50pm – 2:30pm
TC Talk II: Product Testing: How to Get It Right the First Time Around
Indian entrepreneurs are building consumer internet companies’ left, right and centre, but are their tools available for effective product testing? And how important is product testing? Can a startup do without it? Is product testing just a pre-launch provision or one of the key elements of continuous innovation? Is there a way you can get the product right the first time around?
Chetan Kulkarni – Co-founder & CEO, Vizury Interactive Private Limited
Rutvik Doshi – Principal, Inventus Capital Partners
Avlesh Singh – Co-founder & CEO, Webengage
Shivakumar Ganesan – CEO, Exotel
Ravi Gururaj, Frictionless Ventures (Moderator)
2:30pm – 3:10pm
Techcircle Runway – Powered by Nasscom 10,000 Startups
In this special session, representatives of five handpicked emerging and innovative companies will make presentations on their businesses, product market opportunity and how they will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value. If your company fits the profile and if you would like present here, click here to apply or write to Sandeep/Krishna at email@example.com or 0120-4171111.
3:10pm – 3:30pm
Keynote Interview: Experiences from Musigma, Myntra & Flipkart
Subrata Mitra – Partner, Accel Partners
3:30pm – 3:40pm
Tea & Networking Break
What’s hot this year:
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Sector Focus I: Healthcare
A.Vijaysimha – CEO, OneBreath Inc
P Rammohan – Founder and Managing Director, Medypal
Krishnan Ganesh – Serial Entrepreneur, Partner – Growthstory.in (Modeartor)
4:20pm – 5:00pm
Sector Focus II: Consumer Internet
Hari Menon – Co-founder & CEO, Bigbasket.com
Sumat Chopra – Co-founder & CEO, Ekstop.com
Sampad Swain – Co-founder & CEO, Instamojo
Ashish Kashyap – CEO, Naspers
5:00pm – 5:40pm
Sector Focus III: Digital Services
Baskar Subramanian – Co-founder, Amagi Media Labs
Adhil Shetty – CEO, Bankbazaar.com
Anshuman Bapna – CEO, Mygola.com
Deepak Gaur – Managing Director, SAIF Partners (Moderator)
This session will provide more networking time for entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.