TiEcon 2009 Puts the Bold Entrepreneur Center Stage

TiE Silicon Valley announced today that TiEcon 2009, the world’s largest conference for entrepreneurs, will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 15-16. TiEcon is two action-packed days of rich dialogue, networking and deal making with thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives, and thought leaders.

TiEcon 2009 is themed “The BOLD Entrepreneur,” focusing on dynamic individuals who are able to adapt to changing conditions and create their own future despite downturns and uncertainties.

“History tells us that in every economic downturn a new group of innovative businesses is born — Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Disney just to name a few,” said Gary Gauba and Shaukat Shamim, both TiE Silicon Valley Board Members and Co-conveners for TiEcon 2009. “Entrepreneurship is the real stimulus package our economy needs and TiEcon 2009 is just the spark to jumpstart bold entrepreneurs and pull us out of this recession.”

In its 16th year running, TiEcon will facilitate unprecedented networking and business opportunities, along with energizing keynote addresses from some of the nation’s most respected and resilient leaders including Hans Morris, President of Visa Inc., Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit and Reid Hoffman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of LinkedIn.

“In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s critical that small businesses continue to innovate,” said Brad Smith, Intuit president and chief executive officer. “Intuit shares TiE’s mission of helping entrepreneurs innovate, grow, and prosper in every economy, and we are honored to participate in TiEcon 2009.”

TiEcon 2009 will feature five session tracks focused on key market segments: Consumer Web, Internet Infrastructure, Cleantech, Wireless, and Software. These sessions will provide entrepreneurs with the tools, insights, connections and inspiration to launch a business, grow a team, or join a budding start up. In addition, TiEcon 2009 will unveil three new programs that are specifically designed to address the current economic climate:

—  TiE50 — The 50 Hottest Startups. This year’s TiEcon will showcase
50 of the most promising startup companies across the conference’s five key
market segments. Attendees will get a broad overview of these markets as
well as an insight into the winning strategies of the 50 companies chosen
through rigorous screening and community polling.
—  PowerConnect — Networking with a Segment Focus. TiEcon 2009
introduces a premium networking program to connect attendees with industry
experts, entrepreneurs, and VCs in the five key market segments outlined
above. Through small group sessions and interactive panels, participants
will gain industry insights as well as 100+ relevant connections in their
area of interest.
—  Business Bootcamp — Taking it to the Next Level. TiEcon 2009 will
provide hands on training to help bold entrepreneurs combine technical
ingenuity and groundbreaking strategy with the practical aspects of
managing a company. Battle-tested industry experts will lead four boot
camps focused on:  raising funds, addressing legal issues, building teams,
scaling sales, and creating buzz through PR campaigns.

Past TiEcon events have featured eminent speakers including: Steve Ballmer, Carly Fiorina, Eric Schmidt, Jim Clark, Larry Ellison, Thomas Friedman, Narayana Murthy, Ted Turner, Bill Campbell, Scott Cook, John Doerr, Vyomesh Joshi, Robert Ingram, Thomas M. Siebel, Dr. Sashi Tharoor, Peter Thiel, Meg Whitman, and many more.

Register for TiEcon 2009 today by visiting www.tiecon.org or calling 408-567-0700. Early Bird registration starts at $195 for TiE members and $320 for non-members.

About TiE
TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top venture capital firms and Fortune 500 corporations. TiE is spread across 53 chapters in 12 countries comprising of 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members.

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