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Building Great Companies: A conversation with Kanwal Rekhi

Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)
2111 NE 25th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, US (map)



TiE Oregon presents Dr. Kanwal Rekhi, Managing Director of Inventus Capital Partners, a cross border India/US Venture Capital fund. He has un-rivaled track record as entrepreneur, corporate executive and angel investor.

Dr. Kanwal Rekhi has actively participated in the emergence and growth of Silicon Valley and India. Since 1994, Kanwal has led the first venture round in numerous early-stage companies, holding 23 board positions and actively guiding entrepreneurs to 19 exits including 6 IPOs.

Prior to his venture career, Kanwal co-founded Excelan in Silicon Valley - the first company to commercialize ethernet and TCP/IP and standardize computer networks. Kanwal took Exelan public in 1987 and became the first Indo-American Founder & CEO to list a venture-backed company on the NASDAQ. He later merged Exelan with Novell, where he was EVP, CTO and a Board Director for five years, growing the company into the second largest software company in the world. He also established Novell's operations in India, making it one of the first cross-border Indo-US technology companies.

Kanwal co-founded The Indus Entrepreneurs in 1992 to promote entrepreneurship among Indians and Indo Americans around the world. He was the TiE President and spear-headed it’s growth into the world's largest entrepreneurial organization with over 12,000 members who have been behind many of Silicon Valley and India's most successful start-ups.

Come join us in a conversation with him on what it takes to build great companies.