My 16 Cheers for TieCon Chennai 2012

TieCon Chennai 2012

I just returned from TiECon Chennai 2012 and want to share the lovely experience in the chronological sequence with you.

  1. The seamless registration:  In the preceding 2 days, I got 2 sms and an email about my registration number.  At the reg desk, all I did was to mention my reg number and I got the badge and the kit in less than a minute.  Wonderful job! Congrats to the team that conceived and executed the entire process
  2. “All Sessions for All” Format:  In the previous editions of TieCon and other such events, parallel sessions used to be the norm and sometimes there would be a dilemma as to what to attend and what to miss!!  This time around, all the business sessions were held in the same hall for all the delegates and so I did not miss anything.  Really a delegate-centric approach!!
  3. GMR’s ‘from the bottom of the heart’ keynote speech.  Mr G Mallikarjun Rao GMR1was very humble and candid when he shared his humble beginnings, when he attributed the change of directions to circumstance rather than by plan or vision and when he referred to spirituality as the source of his strength in dealing with the professional challenges.
  4. The spirited exchanges during the Sprint vs Marathon session especially the ones from Meena Ganesh (Tutorvista) and Murugavel (Bharat Matrimony).
  5. The chutzpah of Karunanidhi Muthu (during the Powering from Zero session) in asking Travel Agents and his Bankers to buy eco-friendly bags (that he did not have) to give to their customers as gifts.
  6. The tongue-in-cheek responses by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Sadhguru-Jaggi-Vasudevto the questions and comments by Mindtree’s Subrato Bagchi.  I instantly recall his “Being confused is much better than having concluded” in this context.
  7. Integrity (honouring one’s word), Inspiration (bountiful energy) and Insight (seeing things that others don’t) being Sadhguru’s prescription to build an organization.
  8. The down-to-earth share of Muruganantham about the first and subsequent customers for his low-cost sanitary napkin product, during “Kashtamana Customer”, the Panel Discussion in Tamizh
  9. The short but sweet speech by Prof Thillai Rajan of IIT on his book “Sigarangalai Thedi” that was released by S V Sekhar.
  10.  The crisp way in which Ganesh (TutorVista) sketched the journey from Series A to B to C round of investments.
  11.  Sequioa Ravishankar’s concise summing up of the ingredients for growth being People, Finance, Systems and processes
  12.  The fabulous Sports session where every participant shared their key learnings as relevant to entrepreneurship.  Specific reference to Rohini Rau’s description of herself as “Crazy”, Geet Sethi’s magnanimity in sharing his rapid descent from a “world champion to less than a club-level player”, Prakash Padukone’s admission of inadequate efforts prior to his Indonesian training and Robin Singh’s “3 hour stint with Sachin for the latter to get his technique right”.
  13.  Gopal Srinivasan’s pointed queries to the Angel panelists and very appropriate summing up of the relevant contributions made by Raj Sawhney of GSF, Karthik Reddy of Blume Ventures, Kalpathi Suresh, Paul Singh of 500 Startups and Rehan Khan.
  14.  Dorai Thodla’s “Test your Pitch” Unconference where all the participants felt included and involved in preparing their own pitches
  15.  An opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet exciting people!
  16. Running each session on-time

Did you attend this event?  If yes, what did you personally like?




  1. N Ramesh said,

    December 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    My Etheric Body attended the event and Blessed it too !

    • badrirag said,

      December 5, 2012 at 12:06 am


      your comment came in as soon as I published the post. thanks

  2. December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    right from the registration till last session everything was timed to perfection..good show

    • badrirag said,

      December 5, 2012 at 12:05 am


      Nice meeting you there at the venue and I could see that you were busy interacting with people and exchanging business cards. It will be lovely if you can share 3 things that you liked most at the event.

  3. said,

    December 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I agree with the above, it was well done.

    • badrirag said,

      December 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

      thank you for your endorsement. what were the three things that you liked most about the event?

  4. December 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    While I agree to the above points, my picks will be Sadhguru interaction, conversations by Rajesh Sawhney and Paul Singh – I wish they had more time, Murugavel’s argument on marathon and also Rohini’s insight on expect the unexpected just like her sport and the way Geeth structured the debate. Overall a great experience

    • badrirag said,

      December 5, 2012 at 12:03 am

      I fully concur. i wanted to cover more points but felt that it would take too long for me to complete the post and that it might be quite unwieldy. there were a lot of gems. hope to cover the others in better detail soon.


  5. December 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    BTW, forgot to mention ur pitch @ Test ur pitch… short and effective.. 🙂

  6. December 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thoughtful efforts, encouraging and useful information. Thanks a lot.

  7. March 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    […] (You could read my posts about the earlier TiE events here, here, here and here) […]

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