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TiE: Entrepreneurial Inspiration 5: Meet Naren Bakshi, TiE Global Ambassador

Tonkon Torp LLP
888 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)



Join us for a (free, but registration is required - see link) networking reception at the offices of Tonkon Torp LLP, and meet our speaker, Naren Bakshi: serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, chairman, board member, former trustee of TiE Global and currently TiE Global Ambassador.

Naren Bakshi has been a mentor and investor in various startups, as well as being a successful entrepreneur himself: after stints as executive at Standard Oil, as well as a Fortune 100 bank and a financial services company, in 1991 he co-founded Versata, a company that went public in 2000 at over $1 Billion valuation. Versata pioneered the use of business rules to create and maintain business applications and IBM licensed its technology in the early Internet days for its IBM Websphere family of products. At Versata, Mr. Bakshi served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board until 1998 and then remained on the Board until 2001. He then co-founded XPede, a provider of e-commerce lending services to major financial institutions. Naren Bakshi was also a founding partner of CEOJumpStart, an investment/advisory group supporting several start-ups, with a mission to help young Bay Area companies succeed. He is also an investor and serves on several boards, and as a mentor to social and environmental impact start-ups, as well as education and real estate.

He has been active in TiE since 1994, among other things serving as a Trustee for TiE Global and is currently a TiE Charter Member and TiE Global Ambassador.

Mr. Bakshi's inspiring entrepreneurial journey has taken him from India, to the US, and back again; to realizing the importance of giving back; and to the insight that Health is Wealth, and Wealth is Health.

Come listen to him speak about his story and insights, as well as where he sees Silicon Valley going in the next few years.