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.

tiecon southwest 2007 sean parker, Promod Haque, Andy Bird

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Lunch 2.0: There is a free lunch - almost

lunch 2.0 logoLunch 2.0 , the latest rage in Silicon Valley, is spreading to other cities - Los Angeles, Bangalore, Seattle.

The movement started when Mark Jen , formerly of Google, decided to gate crash back into his prior turf, to join his buddies in a free lunch - on Google. The lunch hopping started a silicon valley trend, where a group of lunchers would meet up at different corporate cafeterias, to network, hang out and, of course enjoy a meal courtesy of the host company.

What was initially a clandestine operation, is now a full fledged event with companies actually lining up to host the lunches. What companies see is a group of potential employees whom they can assess in an informal setting, for the price of a lunch.

Big names such as Facebook and Microsoft have hosted lunch 2.0 events.

Here is a list of upcoming Lunch 2.0 events

Image# Thursday, September 6- Minekey, Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley.
# Friday, September 7- ThisNext , Santa Monica, Los Angeles
# Friday, September 7- Opson, Bangalore, India
# Wednesday, September 12- Cardomain.com, Seattle
# Friday, September 14- TBA, SOMA, San Francisco
# Friday, September 19- RockYou, San Mateo, CA.

Events, particularly in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, are coming up fast and thick. With all these free lunches, techno folks are going to have to do a few more turns on Nintendo Wii, and take some extra strolls down Google street maps , to say in shape!

ThisNext is hosting the next event in Santa Monica, on September 7th . We’ll do our next report on lunch 2.0 following the ThisNext event.

And we have our very own Entrepreneur Meetup event coming up on September 27th, at Chakra in Beverly Hills. More on that later!

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Event: Tech Coast Angels summer party 2007



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The Tech Coast Angels Los Angeles chapter, held its annual summer party on June 24th, 2007. The event was hosted at the home of TCA member Elizabeth Tito and her husband Dennis Tito (Dennis Tito is founder of Wilshire Associates and originator of the Wilshire 5000 index. He was also the first space tourist, and spent 8 days in space on board the International Space Station).


The party was attended by 100+ TCA LA members and spouses. TCA founder Luis Villalobos of Angel Venture partners, and TCA president Frank Peters of the FrankPetersShow, were also in attendance. The fabulous event was organized by TCA members Joyce Freedman and Elizabeth Tito. The TCA board of governors - Richard Morgenstern, Al Schneider and John Morris, was present in full force.

The hilltop Tito home provided a magnificent setting for the late afternoon event, with views of the Bay, Century City and downtown LA.



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