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Charter Member Journeys: From a Ph.D. to a Cutting-Edge Startup

Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

Stoel Rives 19th Floor 900 SW Fifth Avenue Portland, OR 97204



Siva Narendra Co-Founder and CEO, Tyfone.

Tyfone's technology brings ID and transaction security to any mobile device and the company provides mobile banking, ID management and near-field communication solutions. Tyfone recently landed investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital group, and an agreement to help develop technology for the U.S. intelligence community.

Raghu Raghavan, Founder and CEO, Act-On Software

Act-On is a leading provider of cloud-based integrated software that automates critical marketing tasks and provides rich analytics and reports in real-time. Act-On has been named to the Forbes 2013 "America's Most Promising Companies" list of the top 100 U.S.-based, privately held, high-growth companies.

Ramu Ramanathan, CEO, Founder, mobba.

Mobba is an online marketplace that uses social networks to bring together like-minded buyers. Mobba.com is an online local "daily deal" site committed to helping shoppers save money and helping businesses gain customers. Key to its business is its patent-pending "zipper algorithm," a mathematical model that pairs groups of buyers and sellers in order to achieve the best deal for both sides. What is unique about mobba is that there is also a social element to the business.The company partners with local school organizations and other non-profits by donating 10% of the sale back to designated schools and organizations.

Raghu, Ramu, and Siva were creators of technology -- engaged in research, publishing papers as they transitioned from academia into the corporate world. How did these engineers eventually become CEOs of sizzling startups? These Charter Members will talk about their journeys, their current companies and give tips on building a solid company in Oregon. The event will be moderated by Nitin Rai, President of TiE Oregon and CEO of First Insight Corporation.

There is a fee for this event. Register at www.oregon.tie.org