TiE Silicon Valley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

TiE Silicon Valley (TiE SV) is the largest and founding chapter of the TiE brand, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.[1] The chapter provides technology entrepreneurs with mentoring services, networking opportunities, startup-related education, funding, and incubating.[2]


TiE SV was founded in 1992 by a group of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the South Asian or Indus region and was named TiE for "The Indus Entrepreneurs." It has since moved away from that focus and is open and inclusive.[3][4]

TiE SV received the 2014 Innovation Catalyst Award by VC Taskforce, which recognizes venture community leaders for being catalysts of innovation and entrepreneurship.[5][6]


TiE SV is a network of general members, Charter Members, and sponsors.[7] Charter members are veteran entrepreneurs who assist younger entrepreneurs by offering their time, knowledge, and resources.[8] This membership level is by invitation only.[9]



TiEcon is TiE SV's flagship annual conference. Since 2008, more than 4,000 people attend the conference from over 40 countries.[10] It is widely considered the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs.[11] The conference features two full days of networking and programming with thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives, and thought leaders.[12]

Each TiEcon, the world's 50 most promising technology startups are honored as the "TiE50." These companies are selected from more than 1,600 companies screened worldwide. As of 2011, 94% of TiE50 companies had been funded, attracted over $20 billion in investments, and 42 of the companies exited. At TiEcon 2011, Cloudera, the leading provider of Apache Hadoop-based data management software and services, was announced as a TiE50 winner in the software/cloud computing category.[13]

TiEcon was listed by Worth Magazine in their September 2011 issue to be among the 10 Best Conferences for Ideas and Entrepreneurship.[14]

TiE Angels[edit]

TiE Angels is an early stage Angel investment group formed in 2010 by Charter Members of TiE SV.[15] There are about 100 investors that invest through TiE Angels.[16] There is no TiE SV fund and individuals invest in their personal capacity.[17] TiE Angels was ranked by CB Insights as one of the Top 20 Angel groups in the nation in August 2014.[18]

Most of TiE Angels investments are under $1 million, with a focus on enterprise solutions that leverage the technological expertise of TiE members. In its first year of existence, TiE Angels invested in 11 companies with a total of about $4.5 million.[19] CloudVolumes, which was purchased by VMware in August 2014, was backed by TiE Angels and several individual Angel investors.[20] TiE Angels also backed CRISI Medical which was acquired by BD Medical in March 2015.[21][22]

TiE LaunchPad[edit]

TiE LaunchPad is TiE SV's accelerator program for early stage startups. LaunchPad accepts eight companies per batch, and startups are seeded with $50,000 in convertible notes and offered optional working space, infrastructure, and additional support services for a five month duration. Companies also get assistance in fundraising by presenting to TiE's network of investors at a Demo Day at the end of the program. More than 50 Charter members serve as mentors to LaunchPad companies.[23][24][25]

Billion Dollar Babies[edit]

The Billion Dollar Babies Program is an initiative through TiE SV to mentor product companies out of India who are achieving significant domestic traction and wish to scale their products globally.[26] It is managed by BV Jagadeesh, Raju Reddy (founder of Sierra Atlantic), and TiE SV President Venktesh Shukla.[27] The pilot round of this program began January 2015.[28]


  1. ^ "O'Brien: The Influencers of Silicon Valley". Mercurynews.com. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ "TiE Silicon Valley Announces Four Companies Selected for Billion Dollar Babies Program" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  3. ^ "TiE executive pushes new programs". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "TiE: Meet the men who paved the way for South Asians to write a chapter in Silicon Valley's success story". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  5. ^ Dispatches, News. "VC Taskforce Fetes TiE, Pentium Chip Designer Vinod Dham". Indiawest.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  6. ^ "TiE to Receive VC Taskforce 2014 Innovation Catalyst Award". Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  7. ^ "Tech Trailblazers - Tech Trailblazers Awards welcomes TiE Silicon Valley and ask emerging markets startups to stand and be counted". Realwire.com. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  8. ^ "Tech Trailblazers Awards welcomes TiE Silicon Valley as industry supporter and ask startups from emerging markets to stand and be counted". Mynewsdest.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  9. ^ "The country is absolutely on the right path: Vish Mishra, President, TiE Silicon Valley « Clearstone Venture Partners". Clearstone.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  10. ^ "TieCon keeps growing despite economic crunch". Venturebeat.com. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  11. ^ Acharya, Nish. "Look Out Silicon Valley...America is Catching Up". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  12. ^ "Mashery Named One of the Hottest Start-Ups of 2009". Archived from the original on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  13. ^ "cloudera named among the world s 50 most promising startups by tie silicon valley". Cloudera.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  14. ^ "10 Best Conferences for Ideas and Entrepreneurship". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  15. ^ "31 Angel Investor Groups in California". Barberacorporatelaw.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  16. ^ Sengupta, Somini. "Network of Indian Entrepreneurs Now Backs Start-Ups". Bits Blog. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  17. ^ "The Country Is On The Right Path: Vish Mishra, President, TiE Silicon Valley". Techcircle.vccircle.com. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  18. ^ "Ranking Angel Investment Groups". Cbsinsights.com. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  19. ^ Sengupta, Somini (12 December 2011). "INDIA INK; Indian 'Angels' Back Start-Ups". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  20. ^ "VMware acquires app delivery startup CloudVolumes". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  21. ^ "CRISI Medical Systems - CB Insights". Cbsinsights.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  22. ^ "BD Acquires CRISI Medical Systems" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  23. ^ "TiE startup accelerator mentors will be investors, too". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  24. ^ "Company Information". Massinvestordatabase.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  25. ^ "TiE Silicon Valley Launches Enterprise Start-Up Accelerator, TiE LaunchPad" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  26. ^ "Billion Dollar Babies: Why Indian-American entrepreneurs are betting on born-in-India startups". The Economic Times. 21 December 2014.
  27. ^ "TiE in Silicon Valley rolls out Billion Dollar Babies to help Indian startups". Times of India. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  28. ^ "TiE launches 'billion dollar babies' project for startups". In.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.