I found out about this conference because I follow OMR Resident blog and on spur registered to attend despite crazy work week. I have habit of taking notes when hear I interesting things – I remember stuff when I Listen and write! and thought it will be cool to do a full day report (mostly to benefit a few friends who could not make it) !
Here is the Agenda for the day as published by Silicon India and some of the sessions that I attended and summary from my notes
- Inaugural Keynote by Sridhar Vembu, CEO, Zoho Corp
- Panel1 – New Paths to Online Revenue: Journey of Internet Entrepreneurs
- Panel2 – Concept to Success:Milestones for startups
- Panel3 – Mistakes Entrepreneurs make when approaching VCs and Opportunities for entrepreneurs in 2012 (I skipped this one to have early Lunch!)
- Presentations by startup companies
- Closing Keynote – Best Practices of building technology companies in India by Murugavel Janakiraman,Founder & CEO, Consim
Here my comments / observations
- Kudos to Silicon India for pretty well organized “free event” (as they kept emphasizing)
- The Inaugural keynote was refreshing and from the heart
- The two panels sessions I attend where well run and provided useful information
- Start-up presentation – had no criteria and was open to all those who set-up stall. I get the commercial part of this but then call it something different
- Closing keynote gave practical points on starting and running a consumer India focused internet start-up
- The crowd was predominantly students in the morning part, about 300-350 would be myguess and then got down to 100-125 post lunch
- Without name tags , it was difficult to observe how many were already entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur, when I softly complained about this one of the Organizer said well this is free event – really cannot afford Rs.15-Rs.25 name tags (that folks pin on shirt) ?
- There was good junk of money bags (who may not be Tech angel investor)
Overall it was a day well spent, the bonus was I got to catch-up with one my friends from college days after 18 years (whom I have been thinking of meeting for past 4 years)!