TiECon Southwest: Andy Bird and the magic of Disney

Anatomy of a Conference: Day D-2

andy bird president disney international tiecon southwest 2007Magic has many languages, and Andy Bird, President of Disney International is spreading the message of the Disney story to countries far and wide. From Europe and Japan, to China, Russia and India, Disney is bringing its unique brand of entertainment to the far reaches of the world.

Andy Bird will present the second Keynote at the upcoming TiECon Southwest 2007, on September 15th at Anaheim.

We expect Andy will present his vision of where he sees the future of entertainment going, and how he sees Disney fitting into the global picture.

On a personal note, Andy Bird was gracious enough to accommodate a last minute change in the TiECon conference schedule. An icon and a super guy, how often does that happen?

The first keynote of the TiECon will be delivered by Sean “Facebook” Parker in a chat with Raj “Selectica” Jaswa.

Plus the day is crammed with several exciting panels on Media and Entertainment, Doing business in India, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship 101, Future Technology and Life Sciences.

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TiECon Southwest 2007: Uber entrepreneur Raj Jaswa

Anatomy of a Conference: Day D-3

A surprise guest (spoiler alert!) at this year’s TiECon Southwest will be Raj Jaswa . Raj (on the ski slopes with his sons in pic below) has co-founded two successful companies that he took public.

Raj JaswaRaj Jaswa’s first company OPTi produced chips, built upon the Intel 486 microprocessors, for enhancing multimedia for personal PCs. Raj joined the early founding team in 1988. The company had a meteoric growth until 1996, when Intel switched to the Pentium. OPTi went public in 1993, and had a peak market cap of $350 million.

After OPTi, Raj Jaswa went on to co-found Selectica , an enterprise software company, which raised its initial $1M funding from Draper International in 1997. Selectica has been named to most every list imaginable - the Forbes 500, Deloitte & Touche
Technology Fast 500, Software 500, Inc 500, and Interactive Week 500. Selectica reached a peak market value of $5 billion and became one of the ten most successful IPOs in 2000.

Raj was named to Forbes’ list of “Top CEOs: Corporate America’s Most Powerful People�? in 2000.

Raj Jaswa has led the Silicon Valley chapter of TiE as President, since 2003.

Raj Jaswa will be conducting a fireside chat with Sean Parker at TiECon Southwest 2007, on September 15th.


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Event: TiECon Southwest 2007 Conference on September 15th: Sean Parker

Anatomy of a Conference: Day D-4:

The TiECon Southwest yearly conference is rapidly approaching (in 4 days), and all systems are a go!

The much-anticipated opening keynote will be delivered by the serial entrepreneur Sean Parker . At 19, Sean had founded the very popular (and controversial) Napster. After Napster, Sean went on to found Plaxo, the site for organizing contacts. Plaxo was later funded by Sequoia Capital.

After some hell raising at Plaxo, Sean Parker left to help Mark Zukerberg with the newly launched Facebook, and became its founding president. Little known fact - Facebook only raised $500,000 until recent rumors that they might be raising more, “at a huge valuation”. Facebook raised seed funding from the Founder’s Fund led by Peter Thiel, who also co-founded Pay Pal.

Sean Parker has gone on to join Peter Thiel at the Founder’s Fund.

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