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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner






A Word from President Nilanjana Bhowmik Dear Members and Guests, Thank you for joining us this evening as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our city, exemplified by TiE Boston: • An amazing group of individuals who continually reshape technology and healthcare • A trusted network where an entrepreneur can find support at every stage of his/her entrepreneurial life • An environment that spearheads debate, innovation and disruption • An organization that supports entrepreneurship with an eye to giving back to the community: with time, advice, financial support and more. Being an entrepreneur or a CEO can sometimes be a lonely job. We are a unique, safe place where you find others who have walked in your shoes and are here to support you, without conditions or expectations. Tonight, we are proud to celebrate Amar Sawhney with the Lifetime Achievement Award and to recognize the accomplishments of many of our Charter Members. We are also proud to recognize the individuals and companies who are shaping their categories through innovation while giving back to community,

Presidents of TiE Boston Desh Deshpande [1997-1998] Samir Desai [1999 – 2000] Ashok Kalelkar [2001 – 2002] Gautam Prakash [2003 – 2004]

thus representing the values of TiE. Our message to all is one of welcome, inclusion and expansion. Finally, this evening we will share with you a bold new step in the future of TiE Boston, setting our vision for the next 20 years while paying the way forward to generations of entrepreneurs to come. More as the evening unfolds.

Vinit Nijhawan [2005 – 2006] Raj Alur [2007] Al Kapoor [2008 – 2011] Prat Moghe [2012 – 2013] Gaugarin Oliver [2014 – 2015]

Welcome! Nilanjana Bhowmik President, TiE Boston

Praveen Tailam [2016 - 2017]




Transforming the complex healthcare ecosystem through disruptive platforms, enabling game-changing business, risk-sharing, and payment reform models

Our sincere congratulations to TiE-Boston for over 20 years of fostering entrepreneurship in New England from everyone at RxAdvance. 2 Park Central Drive, Southborough, MA 01772 | www.rxadvance.com | 508-804-6900



2018 TiE Boston


Four Seasons Hotel December 13, 2018 Welcome Remarks TiE Boston President Nilanjana Bhowmik and Master of Ceremonies Jonjy Ananth, MD, MBA


Award Ceremony ***

Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Amar Sawhney

Introduction by Iqbal Dhaliwal, Executive Director, J-PAL Moderated by Ravijit Paintal, CEO, Autonomous Marine Systems, and Mehul Mehta MD., VP of Global Programs & Strategy, Partners Healthcare International ***

President’s Address ***

Entertainment Avanti Nagral ***

Address Desh Deshpande

TiE Boston Co-Founder and Past President



Congratulations to TiE Boston and all its award winners for entrepreneurship through education, mentoring, and support to the New England community.



GET INVOLVED The TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is an award-winning program which brings together high school aged youth to ideate, form teams and build a viable business in 6 months. Started by the TiE Boston community in 2007, over 400 young entrepreneurs from the New England area have participated in the program. The results are astounding from our alumni: • • • • •

100% report increase of skills to work effectively as a team 97% report increased ability to lead 100% report increased confidence 90% report participating in TYE influenced their studies and career in STEM 40% state that participating in TYE inspired them to start their own company

TYE has demonstrated that entrepreneurship can be taught; and that an entrepreneurial mindset inculcated early in life better prepares students for a competitive and rapidly-changing work environment. TYE helped me grow as a person. People think this course is just for business and although its main purpose is business, TYE helped me become a better leader, helped me cope with problems during a team project, and still taught me everything I know about business. A.K., Class of 2017

This program has helped me learn way more than just basic entrepreneurship skills, I’ve learned how to work as a team also. I met some of my best friends and I got the chance to work with the best team ever. This is an opportunity I’ll never forget! P.S., Class of 2018

The program has gone beyond TiE Boston and is now taught in 28 chapters throughout the world. From September to April, teams participate in a variety of workshops with topics ranging from lean business canvas, marketing, finance, and public speaking while being paired up with mentors from the TiE community. Each year, the teams compete to win up to $5K in seed funding at the Boston chapter and have a chance to win up to an additional $5K at TYE Globals.

To mark the 10-year anniversary of its founding by TiE Boston and becoming a global program, TiE Boston will host the 2019 Global Competition in June 2019. Year after year, TiE Boston members have supported the personal and professional growth of participants with their time and dedication. As witness to the number of success stories that have emerged from the TYE program, TiE Boston fully recognizes the importance of treating each young person as a future entrepreneur, thought leader, and innovator. To support efforts in hosting 28 chapter teams from across the world, TiE Boston Chapter Member and Past President, Vinit Nijhawan will serve as Chair to the TYE Global Host Committee.

TYE really helped me see medicine in a new light, a field I have been interested in since I was a kid. I got to research and present predictive analytics, an up and coming field of technology in the medical space, while conceptualizing ways to fit this idea into a unique business plan. This was an extremely eyeopening, challenging experience that forced my team and I out of our comfort zones. J.P., Class of 2016

To get involved, contact Simone at simone@boston.tie.org. SPECIAL THANKS:

Joseph Alim Jeremy Arak Wafaa Arbash Hitesh Aurora Dan Arvidsson Sushil Bhatia Urvashi Bhatia Nilanjana Bhowmik Benjamin Bungert Neeraj Chandra

Desh Deshpande S. Ganapathi Ranjay Gulati Tuan Ho Venkat Janapareddy Asa Kalavade Edward Madongorere Sam Marley Venkat Maroju Zenobia Moochhala

Arun Nijhawan Vinit Nijhawan Gaugarin Oliver Thara Pillai Riley Rodgers Dharmesh Shah Blake Sims Pallavi Singh Geetha Sreedhar Gopal Subramanian

Hyuk-Jeen Suh Satish Tadikonda Praveen Tailam Deepak Taneja Rajesh Vallabh Marvin Vilma Nikita Virani Aashu Virmani Dixon Yang



GET INVOLVED TiE ScaleUp helps teams of “Seed to Series A� companies overcome typical barriers to growth by helping them to optimize their strategic positioning, operations, sales and competitive advantage. A program created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs; each company is paired with two mentors from the charter member community and participates in a 5-month program of workshops and guest lecturers. To get involved email Simone at simone@boston.tie.org. SPECIAL THANKS: Nidhi Aggarwal Payal Agrawal Divakaran Ash Ashutosh Rishi Bhalerao Sushil Bhatia Vijay Bhatt Nikhil Bhojwani Scott Bleier Mat Brogie Neeraj Chandra Sohang Chatterjee

Neil Chheda Chips Chipalkatti Bouzha Cookman Steve Dane Desh Deshpande Alden DoRosario Radhika Dutt Joe Gentile Sara Gifford Sarah Hodges Paul Jaggi

Sanjeev Jain Sangita Joshi Rousseau Girish Juneja Geordie Kaytes Dave Kerrigan Alex Kormushoff Zenobia Moochhala Depankar Neogi Vinit Nijhawan Kathy Nolan Bhaskar Panigrahi

Started in 2011, TiE Angels has invested over $11.8m in 32 companies. With over 94 investors to date, over $6m has been invested in the last 2 years alone. Syndicated with local angel groups, TiE Angels meets every two months to listen to a carefully curated selection of startups from the New England area. To get involved, contact TiE Angels Managing Director Vivek Soni at vivek@boston.tie.org. SPECIAL THANKS: Bill Asher Hitesh Aurora Alden DoRosario David Fogel Joe Gentile Renu Gupta Ling Cheung Hughes Sandeep Jain

Venkat Janapareddy Satish Jha Maneesh Khaitan Gaugarin Oliver Raj Rajgopal Mayuresh Rajwadkar Matt Santangelo Murali Sethumadhavan

Ken Sharma Ameeta Soni Amitabh Swarup Satish Tadikonda Praveen Tailam Hong Zhuang

Steve Papa Kyle Poyar Ramji Raghavan Govind Rangasamy Ken Rapp Steve Rubin Erica Scheik Deepak Sindwani Michael Skok Kent Summers

Satish Tadikonda Deepak Taneja Mike Troiano Mitch Tyson Ralph Verrilli Dev Worah Adeel Yang Mark Zarrow



GET INVOLVED A new and exciting initiative from the charter members of TiE Boston, this series is meant to bring together entrepreneurs and their stakeholders to collaborate and accelerate innovation in their sector. To get involved, contact Adrianna at adrianna@boston.tie.org. SPECIAL THANKS: Rishi Bhalerao Vijay Bhatt Nikhil Bhojwani Payal Agrawal Divakaran Brenda Cole

Kleber Gallardo Lucas Gallardo Rose Hom Ramesh Kumar Srini Rao

Rakshit Sharma Juswinder Singh Sukanya Soderland Laurance Stuntz Rick Weisblatt

The TiE Women’s Initiative is an effort to mentor, support, and empower female founders, corporate executives, and rising professionals. Through its innovative seminars, networking events, and leadership development sessions, TiE Boston strives to be the place where women come together to grow their organizations and become stronger leaders in the innovation economy. To get involved, contact Adrianna at adrianna@boston.tie.org. SPECIAL THANKS: Zenobiz Moochhala, Poorvi Patodia, Sangita Joshi Rousseau, Darshana Zaveri

TiE StartupCON will take place on May 7th, 2019 at the Westin Waterfront and will be chaired by Charter Member Sanjay Jain. You might remember the last conference Sanjay chaired in 2014; Abigail Johnson, President of Fidelity Investments and Roger Marino, Co-Founder of EMC gave keynotes, and the conference saw a number of charter members involved in the planning and execution. Planning is already underway for StartupCON 2019 and this event truly showcases the expertise, knowledge and relationships of the charter member community. To get involved, reach out to Sanjay at sanjay@agileaxis.com.





SPEAKERS Jonjy Ananth MD, MBA is the state-wide Commissioner of the Asian American Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts appointed by the Senate President. He is the principal and founder of Boston Mantra LLC, a health care start-up in Massachusetts in its incubator phase. He is the communications representative at the New England Healthcare Executive Network Jonjy is the past elected President and Chairman of the Board for WCUW Inc. He also hosts his own radio show titled “Community Matters” on WCUW 91.3FM. Jonjy is a Justice of the Peace, elected Town member for Shrewsbury, Deputy Sheriff [Reserve] for Worcester County, Shrewsbury Constable, and Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Executive Director of J-PAL, based at the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, and with the leadership of the six regional offices to coordinate J-PAL’s worldwide research, policy outreach, capacity building, and operations. He is also the Co-Scientific Director of J-PAL’s South Asia regional office, Co-Chair of the Government Partnership Initiative, and Co-Chair of the Innovations in Data, Experiments and Action Initiative. He is the co-author with Rema Hanna (Harvard) of a very large, five-district randomized evaluation on improving health outcomes and service provider attendance in rural India.

Ravi Paintal brings a special combination of shop-floor and executive experience to AMS. Before this, he was President Americas, Exova PLC based in Toronto Canada and a key member of the executive team that took Exova public with a listing on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to that Ravi was on the Executive Committee and held senior management positions at Cabot Corporation, Boston. He has been a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, Boston and has worked as a field engineer offshore China, India and Scandinavia with Schlumberger Ltd.

Mehul Mehta, MD, MBBS, MS, MA is Vice President at Partners Healthcare International, an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and Honorary Staff at Mass Eye & Ear. Mehul has worked internationally for the last 22 years, working in 30 countries. He has helped develop and reform health care, educational and research entities, with a focus on building capacity and creating and implementing differentiated, sustainable solutions. He helped develop the first internationally accredited hospitals in India, the first quality focused governance entity for a healthcare free zone in MENA, enterprise models for hospital systems including PPPs and innovation ecosystems in Asia. Mehul completed medical school and his ophthalmology training with honors from the University of Bombay, clinical training in retinal diseases at the Mass Eye & Ear and post-doctoral research at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He obtained a Masters in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University.

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.


Nilanjana Bhowmik President TiE Boston

Payal Agrawal Divakaran Principal .406 Ventures

Thara Pillai Associate Director HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship

Hitesh Aurora Director Test Strategy & Solutions, QA Mentor

Joe Gentile Executive Chairman Cellaria Blosciences

Juswinder Singh President Ankaa Therapeutics

Nikhil Bhojwani Managing Partner Recon Strategy

Mark Haddad Partner Foley Hoag

Emily Ladd-Kravitz Shareholder Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Neeraj Chandra Founder & CEO Arkit Consultants

Asa Kalavade General Manager Amazon Web Services

Asha Dixit Managing Partner Shah, Dixit & Associates, PC

Neil Chheda Managing Partner Romuius Capital

Zenobia Moochala COO, Embark

TiE at Boston, Tech Jam

Investor Outlook Forum Payal Agrawal Divakaran, Neil Chheda, Kent Bennett, Nilanjana Bhowmik Photo: TimelessLens.com

Year in CM Social Venkat and Pratima Srinivasan, Santhana and Namita Krishnan

TYE Boston team Surgency competes at TyE Global in DC from Left to Right Shaunak Sharma, Surabhi Keesara, Vardaan Kharbanda

CM Social Desai Yash Shah and Jigna Shah

TiE Digital Catalyst Brenda Cole and Nikh

DCU Fintech Happy Hour Venkat Venkatarmani, Vivek Soni, Ken Sharma, Dev Worah

Investor Outlook Forum Matt Giorgetti and Kent Bennett

Photo: TimelessLens.com


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First TiE Catalyst Digital Health Jonjy Ananth, Juswinder Singh, Rishi Bhalerao, Veera Anantha, Ramesh Kumar, Rakshit Sharma

CM Social Desai Sanjay and Prachi Jain

CM Social Raj Sharma, Govind Rangasamy and Satish Jha

Digital Health Catalyst Rakshit Sharma, Sohang Chatterjee and Martin Madaus



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Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 Recipient: Medical Technology Entrepreneur Dr. Amar Sawhney TiE Boston is honored to bestow its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Amar Sawhney, one of the foremost innovators and entrepreneurs in medical technology. Dr. Sawhney currently serves as the President and CEO of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. Previously, he served as Chairman of Augmenix, Inc., which was acquired by Boston Scientific in September, 2018 for $600 million. Prior to that, Dr. Sawhney founded Confluent Surgical (acquired by Covidien), Focal Inc. (acquired by Genzyme), and Access Closure, Inc. (acquired by Cardinal Health). His innovations are the subject of over 120 issued and pending patents in biomaterials and bio-surgery. The TiE Boston Board awards the Lifetime Achievement Award when an individual has made a lasting impact in the business community, and a significant contribution to the success of TiE-Boston. TiE-Boston’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year honors Dr. Sawhney for having distinguished himself as one of the country’s leading medical technology entrepreneurs. Dr. Sawhney, an IIT-Delhi graduate, is always trying to solve unmet needs in medi-

cal technology, and in the process has founded numerous successful medical device companies. His inventions include several “first of a kind” surgical sealants to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, including DuraSeal for neurosurgery, FocalSeal for lung surgery, and Mynx for femoral puncture sealing. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Sawhey about his success. We asked what motivates him to excel at everything he does. “I don’t profess to be a perfectionist, but I am persistent,” says Dr. Sawhney. “When I take on a mission, I ensure that it reaches a logical conclusion, with the best possible financial outcome, but also the best outcome for the team. His mantra for success is simple. “In my area of focus, which is medical innovation and entrepreneurship, I employ a value system. At the apex is identifying a genuine unmet need, or a worthwhile cause to focus on,” says Dr. Sawhney. “Next comes the right people to onboard for the journey, with the right values. And

finally, we need to be good stewards of capital, to generate value for our shareholders.” Sawhney currently serves on the board of directors of EcoSikh, Axtria, The Stroke Project, Augmenix and Ocular Thera-



peutix, where he is also a founder of the latter two companies. Through his family foundation, Dr. Sawhney has been active in charitable causes that are dear to him, which include education, wildlife and the environment, with a focus on India. Sawhney has been recognized for his contributions in innovation and philanthropy with several awards including being named a “Champion of Change” by the White House and “Outstanding American by Choice” by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, “Five Most Innovative Medical Device CEOs” by MassDevice, MassMedic’s best startup company award, the Frost and Sullivan Product innovation award, MIT Global

Indus Technovators Award, the E&Y Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award, Mass High Tech All Star award, New England Choice Awards, The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, Indian Institute of Delhi’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the University of Texas’s Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate award. Dr. Sawhney holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Friends and Family Congratulate

Amar Sawhney on his TiE Boston Lifetime Achievement Award 2018



Recipients of 2018 Entrepreneurship Awards CATEGORY: DIGITAL HEALTH


Award: Leader Yvonne Hao, COO & CFO PillPack, www.pillpack.com

Award: Leader Niraj Shah, Co-Founder & CEO Wayfair, www.wayfair.com

Yvonne Hao is currently the COO and CFO of PillPack. She has held various positions, including Operating Partner, at Bain Capital from 2008 to 2016, and has been the interim CEO or CEO at several companies including Gymboree and D&M Holdings. PillPack is a full-service online pharmacy that manages medication. They fill, sort, and deliver a personalized packet of medication based on the needs and schedule of the consumer. PillPack was recently acquired by Amazon for $1bn. [Source: Crunchbase]

Niraj Shah is the co-founder and CEO of Wayfair, where he also serves as a director. He has been included in Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and has won the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also serves on the board of MITX, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Cornell University Council, and the Entrepreneurship @ Cornell Advisory Council. Wayfair is the largest online retailer of home goods in the United States. Wayfair employs over 2,300 people across those offices. In 2014, Wayfair’s sales exceeded $1.3 billion. [Source: Crunchbase]

Award: Rising Star Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, Co-Founder & CEO Iora Health, www.iorahealth.com

Award: Rising Star Aman Narang, President & Co-Founder Toast, www.toasttab.com



Award: Leader Kris Canekeratne, Chairman and CEO Virtusa, www.virtusa.com

Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner Catalyst Health Ventures, www.catalysthealthventures.com

Kris Canekeratne co-founded Virtusa in 1996 based on his core belief that software development practices could and should embrace the same efficiencies achieved by mature industries such as automotive and manufacturing. Kris oversees Virtusa’s strategic direction and all day-to-day operations. Virtusa Corporation is a global provider of information technology consulting and outsourcing services that accelerate business outcomes for Global 2000 companies and leading software vendors in banking and financial services, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, and media & entertainment. [Source: Crunchbase]

Darshana Zaveri is currently a Managing Partner at Catalyst Health Ventures and possesses over a decade of experience in the health care and life science industries. She led Catalyst’s investments in a number of well-known companies including Augmenix, Lantos Technologies, nVision Medical, Maxwell Health, Aria CV and Hepregen. She is currently a Director of Lantos, Aria CV, and nVision and is an observer to the boards of Augmenix and Maxwell Health. She currently serves as a Catalyst of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT. Catalyst Health Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests targeting technology solutions applied within the health care and life science industries. [Source: Crunchbase]

Award: Rising Star Stefania Mallett, CEO & Co-Founder ezCater, www.ezcater.com

Katie Rae, CEO & Managing Partner The Engine, www.theengine.xyz

Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle is a physician who has spent more than a decade of his career involved in efforts to improve the healthcare quality for patients. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Iora Health. He earned his AB, MD, and MPP from Harvard University where he is a member of the faculty. Iora Health ensures that every patent gets a qualified personal physician, as well as a personal health coach, who will stay in close contact with patients between visits and helps the patients achieve their health goals. [Source: Crunchbase]

Stefania Mallett has spent over 25 years building and growing technology-enabled companies that solve real business problems. She is currently the CEO and co-founder of ezCater. She also co-founded and successfully sold InSite Marketing Technology. ezCater is the world’s largest marketplace for corporate catering. They connect businesspeople with a database of reliable corporate caterers that can handle any request, anywhere in the US. ezCater has recently acquired Paris-based GoCater in their first steps to expand the business internationally. [Source: Crunchbase]

Aman Narang is President and co-founder of Toast where he also currently leads innovation and business development initiatives. Prior to Toast, he worked on innovation initiatives at Endeca, now Oracle. (Source: company website) Toast is an all-in-one restaurant technology platform that is built specifically for restaurants. Using a mobile cloud-based POS system, Toast is able to bring together all aspects of restaurant operations from online ordering, to gift card and loyalty programs to labor and sales reporting all on a mobile, cloud-based POS system. [Source: Crunchbase]

Katie Rae is a veteran of the startup and early-stage investor worlds, both in Boston and Silicon Valley and currently the CEO and Managing Partner at The Engine. She also co-founded Project 11 Ventures, a venture fund that invests in companies in their earliest stages and helps them with building a strong team and vision. She served as Chairman and the Managing Director of Techstars Boston where she led investments in over 70+ high growth startups across many industries while simultaneously propelling Techstars into a global brand. [Source: CrunchBase] Designed by MIT to support new companies working on scientific and technological innovation, The Engine is a firstof-its-kind organization with a mission to focus exclusively on founders working on these big problems. [Source: company website]. Continued on next page





Award: Leader Karl Iagnemma, Co-Founder & President NuTonomy, www.nutonomy.com

Malay Kundu, Founder & CEO StopLift, www.stoplift.com

Karl Iagnemma is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and many other media outlets. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. Karl is co-founder and President of Boston-based nuTonomy, Inc., the leading developer of autonomous vehicle software. nuTonomy was named a 2017 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Award: Rising Star Raghav Gupta, COO Humatics, www.humatics.com Raghav Gupta is currently COO of Humanics. He has been in founding and leadership capacities in venture-backed tech companies for over 20 years, including Ooyala where he was GM EMEA, Videoplaza as CCO, Brightcove where he was a member of the founding team, and Live365. Humatics’ breakthrough micro-location system and analytics software comprise a Spatial Intelligence Platform™ that will revolutionize how people and machines locate, navigate and collaborate. [Source: Crunchbase]

CATEGORY: TIE CM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Venkat Maroju, CEO SourceTrace Systems, www.sourcetrace.com Dr. Venkat Maroju is currently the CEO of SourceTrace Systems. He has been able to further the mission of SourceTrace Systems through his extensive experience with technological leadership with extensive grassroots-level experience with social enterprises such as microfinance institutions, farmers’ cooperatives, sustainable agriculture, rural supply chain, and renewable energy. SourceTrace Systems is a company that has become a global leader in providing software solutions to the agriculture and allied sectors. [Source: company website]

Malay Kundu is the Founder & CEO of StopLift Checkout Vision Systems, the leading developer of cloud-based AI machine vision technology which automatically analyzes regular security video to detect various forms of theft, training error, and operational analytics at the checkout. StopLift is best known for having developed the first ever checkout vision system capable of detecting scan-avoidance and “sweethearting” collusion between cashiers and customers.

Ravi Ika, Founder, CEO & President RxAdvance, www.rxadvance.com Ravi Ika is a noted entrepreneur and an innovator of disruptive business solutions. He founded RxAdvance in 2013 and serves as the President & CEO. He launched RxAdvance to lower pharmacy, specialty and avoidable drug-impacted medical costs and achieve better outcomes, quality and compliance in the new era of valuebased health care. RxAdvance, a national full service PBM, leverages disruptive Collaborative PBM Cloud™ to manage standard & specialty drug benefits. [Source: Crunchbase]

Ram Krishnan, Co-Founder VidScale, www.vidscale.com Ram Krishnan was the Co-Founder, VP of Strategy & Business Development at VidScale. In March 2018, VidScale was acquired by Ericsson and is part of a new unit called EdgeGravityTM, by Ericsson. VidScale is a pioneer in the edge-to-edge application and content deployment space. VidScale, in partnership with the world’s mobile and landline service providers, has integrated its cache and compute technologies into privileged operator edges across the world, unifying them on a single platform that are exposed to content owners, platform providers, and application developers.

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Meet the Executive Chef behind the 2018 TiE Boston Gala To kick off the lead up to Gala, we had a chance to sit down with the Executive Banquet Chef of the Four Seasons Boston this past week. We thought it would be exciting to take a peek and learn about Chef Angel Cotto and his creative process when curating a menu for an event hosted in the luxury venue. Behind the youthful face is a seasoned veteran of the restaurant industry with roughly two decades of experience under his belt. Growing up with Puerto Rican roots, Chef Angel Cotto recalls being fascinated watching his Aunt in the kitchen when he was a child. While in high school, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do but found his calling while crafting dishes for his friends and family whenever he had the chance. After high school, Chef Cotto entered the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University; notable alumni include Chef and TV Personality Emeril Lagasse and James Beard Award Winner Michelle Bernstein. Coming from a humble background, Angel hit a roadblock keeping up with the high cost of tuition during his second year of schooling. The faculty saw his talent and offered two options: 1) become a residential advisor to offset the costs or 2) jump into the field and start gaining experience. Faced with both options, Chef Cotto realized that he wanted to pursue his passion and knew that if he was dedicated and worked hard, he would find his path. After some years, he finally approached the Four Seasons Boston. After a rigorous four-stage interview process, Angel found himself at the luxury venue and is now the Executive Banquet Chef. Chef Cotto doesn’t identify as an entrepreneur but his work contains an entrepreneurial spirit. He is not a stranger to working hard and often finds himself working twelve-hour shifts. He chronicled the time that he spent working under other chefs, where he learned to work long and grueling hours. Even though the road to get to where he is today was challeng-

Chef Angel Cotto, Executive Banquet Chef of the Four Seasons Boston

ing, he stated that he is thankful for the work he has put in. He laughs, “Those weren’t the greatest years; I spent a lot of my younger years working a lot of hours to get where I am. It was worth it though and there are no regrets.” We began to truly see his passion for his work come alive when we moved the conversation to his creative process when approaching an event at the Four Seasons. He draws inspiration from websites, magazines, photos and his surroundings. If he knows that a member of his team can provide more authenticity to a particular type of cuisine, he will ask them….from his sous chefs to his dishwashers. Chef Cotto also strives to make events modern and intuitive by incorporating elements that primarily focus on presentation. This process is arduous and all-consuming for him, but that passion is ultimately conveyed through the food in its final form. Something that was emphasized on

more than one occasion during our conversation was the importance of supporting and trusting your team. This stems from the support that he receives daily as a chef, from the Four Seasons itself. He shared, “I have a great team. I am a good-hearted person and I put my time and energy into these events and I try to go out of my way to make them the best that they can be and it shows.” Through his own empowerment, he empowers everyone that he works with to play an active role while hosting an event. From the event staff to the sous chefs, everyone there plays an integral role in events from conception to execution. Chef Cotto and his team go above and beyond to provide an incredible experience that highlights events and dazzles guests. We are excited to experience what his team has to offer as the TiE Boston Charter Member Community comes together to celebrate at the Four Seasons Boston!



TiE Boston Gala Performance by Avanti Nagral When you think of a traditional entrepreneur, a vibrant singer and songwriter pursuing a dual degree at Harvard and Berklee probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind. To Avanti Nagral, this duality of her work speaks to the theme of duality present throughout her entire life. Avanti spent half of her life in Boston and the other half in Bombay, India. She effortlessly balances her life as a student and her life as a professional artist, constantly switching between using her left brain and using her right. At graduation, Avanti will be the first person to have graduated from a new dual degree program between Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music. Both music and entrepreneurship have been a constant thread throughout her life; she says that “[she] has been doing music since [she] was in utero.” Avanti grew up in a household where music and entrepreneurship were at the forefront through her mother’s love of devotional music and her father being an entrepreneur. Since her youth, Avanti has been curating a robust musical repertoire from Christian music to traditional musical theater. She got her start in theater and Broadway and ever since has known that she was meant to be a professional performer. Avanti

got the push that she needed during her gap year between high school and college. It was during this time that she found her voice as an artist and decided to pursue her music career full time, without giving up the opportunity to advance her knowledge through higher education. While she certainly has more going on than the average twenty-year-old, she remains humble when speaking about her busy schedule. She laughs about juggling it all saying, “if Obama and Oprah have the same number of hours in the day that [she does, she] can afford to balance everything.” She uses an entrepreneurial mindset when talking about all that she does, something that she is very familiar with through her father. Many do not realize how much of an entrepreneurial spirit musicians must possess; in Avanti’s case, she is the brand, product, and business all wrapped into one. While this isn’t entrepreneurship in the traditional sense that the world has come to know, Avanti’s work still mirrors that of an entrepreneur. Avanti also understands that it is important to always be on the forefront of innovation, something important to entrepreneurs and startups. She was the first person to release a virtual reality music video in South East Asia. She is also focused on creating music that has meaning and heart. Her latest song “The Other Side” speaks a lot to identity. Avanti says that “the song has resonated particularly with a lot of immigrants and first-generations, who find themselves being stuck between different aspects of their identity, with half of their hearts “on the other side”. From an entrepreneurship angle, it’s often difficult to balance the multiple roles and hats you have to don, and this song is about finding all the aspects of “your other side”.” Musical career aside, Avanti has also recently started her own digital entertainment startup called Golden Milk Media with the mission to create socially responsible and inspired digital content centered around music, film,

and other creative content. She is also a passionate advocate for women’s health and youth education, particularly in South East Asia and India. Avanti is able to focus herself in so many areas because she has built a supportive group around her, not only within her friends and family but her team of management, graphic designers, videographers etc. She makes a great point when she talks about the importance of building out a great team, not only to help assuage mental health and offer support but to delegate tasks too. Often times entrepreneurs do not spend enough time building out the best team to help them, and it causes stress and isolation. We are so excited to have someone like Avanti perform at our Gala event. With her passion for her art, business, and social responsibility, she truly embodies the spirit of an entrepreneur that we support at our organization. As a young woman, she is helping to build the next generation of entrepreneurship through her work, so we are so excited to collaborate with someone like Avanti.



TiE Boston Charter Members 2018 Anant Agarwal CEO, edX Anil Agrawal Founder & CEO, CIMCON Software, Inc. Sanjay Agrawal President & CEO, CIMINFO Software, Inc. Payal Agrawal Divakaran Principal, .406 Ventures Rajini Anachi Chief Executive & Co-Founder, Startup (Stealth) Jonjy Ananth Principal, Boston Mantra, LLC Veera Anantha Founder, President & CTO, The Learning Corp. Murali Aravamudan Founder & CEO, Qrativ Mir Arif Co-Founder, Blue Cloud Ventures

Vijay Bhatt Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Nikhil Bhojwani Co-Founder, Recon Strategy

George Cintra Founder & President, Dartmouth Technology Group, LLC

Nilanjana Bhowmik Co-Founder, Converge

Ashraf Dahod CEO, President & Director, Altiostar Networks

Ashok Boghani Chairman, Empower Success Corps

Puran Dang Owner, Minuteman Group, LLC

Bobbie Carlton Founder, Innovation Women

Purandar Das CEO, Sotero Soft

Monica Chandra Partner, 3EDGE Asset Management, LP

Samir Desai Founder, Aditi, Inc.

Neeraj Chandra Founder & CEO, Arkit Consultants Mukesh Chatter General Partner, NeoNet Capital, LLC

Manny Arora CEO, IM Wireless

Sohang Chatterjee CEO & President, EnBiome Therapeutics Inc.

Thomas Arul Co-Founder & President, Bleumi, Inc.

Pravin Chaturvedi Co-Founder & CEO, Oceanyx Pharmaceuticals

William Asher Member, Screening Committee, Investors Collaborative

Puneesh Chaudhry Angel Investor, Launchpad Venture Group

Ash Ashutosh Founder, President & CEO, Actifio Hitesh Aurora Board Member, Nectir

John Chory Partner, Latham & Watkins

Ling Cheung Hughes Lawyer, LCHIPC, LLC Dinesh Chheda Managing Partner, Chheda Advisory Services, LLC

Shakeel Avadhany CEO, ClearMotion

Neil Chheda Co-Founder & General Partner, Romulus Capital

Rishi Bhalerao Management and Operations, RB, LLC

Makarand Chipalkatti Managing Director, Dr. Chips Consulting, LLC

Sushil Bhatia President, JMD Manufacturing, Inc.

Anu Chitrapu SVP, Global Procurement Executive, Bank of America

Vikas Desai Interventional Cardiologist, Charles River Medical Associates

Shikhar Ghosh Professor, Harvard Business School Matthew Giorgetti Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman Prasanna Gopalakrishnan CIO - Consumer Tech Business Ops, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mahesh Gopalan Founder, Xformics Pankaj Gulati Head - International Growth, Starry, Inc. Amit Gupta Chief Investment Officer, AXG Capital Management Kedar Gupta Co-Founder, RKS Ventures

Desh Deshpande Chairman, Curata

Raghav Gupta COO, Humatics

Asha Dixit President, Shah, Dixit & Associates

Renu Gupta Co-Founder, RKS Ventures

Alden DoRosario Co-Founder & CTO, Chitika, Inc. Eric Emerson SVP - Managed Accounts and Guidance Technology, Fidelity Investments Darrell Fernandes Head of Client Services Technologies, TIAA David Fogel Managing Director, Swifton CFOs

Adi Guzdar Board Member, Aguzdar Consultants Mark Haddad Partner, Foley Hoag Amir Hasson Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, Oxigen USA, Inc. Galen Ho President & CEO, ImmersiveWorlds, LLC Ravi Ika President & CEO, RxAdvance Corporation

S Ganapathi President, Terminal Exchange Systems

Kurien Jacob CEO, Blue Cloud Ventures

Joe Gentile President & CEO, Key Biologics and Astarte Biologics

Abhishek Jain Vice President, Beacon Tree Capital

Eva Ghosh President, LBR, Inc.

Sanjay Jain Founder & CEO, AgileAxis, Inc.



TiE Boston Charter Members 2018 (cont.) Sanjeev Jain Investor, Idea First Technologies, Inc. Venkat Janapareddy Founder, Jobiak Satish Jha CEO, Vahan AI Shantanu Jha Portfolio Manager, Beaconsfield Capital Management Sangita Joshi Rousseau Financial Advisor, The Bulfinch Group Girish Juneja SVP, Chief Digital Officer, Dover Corporation

Narasimhan Krishnamachari Principal, mediumbold Ram Krishnan VP Strategy and Business Development, Vidscale Santhana Krishnan President & CEO, The Business Information Company (BINCO) Suneel Krishnaswamy CTO, enVista Vinay Kumar Medical Director, Charles River Medical Associates Vineeta Kumar Advisory Board, Boston Business Women

Asa Kalavade General Manager, Amazon Web Services

Punita Kumar-Sinha Managing Partner, Pacific Paradigm Advisors

Pramod Kalyanasundaram CTO - Consumer Products, Verizon

Malay Kundu Founder & CEO, StopLift Vision Systems

Rakesh Kamdar Founder, DB Healthcare, Inc.

Eric Liu Angel Investor

Al Kapoor Board Member, Millennium Ventures Group

Brian MacKinnon SVP Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Vinod Kapoor Owner, Masala Art Ramesh Kapur President, Medical -Technical Gases Henna Karna Chief Data Officer & Managing Director, XL Catlin Ashok Khanna SVP & Director, Special Projects - Audit & Finance, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Alex Kormushoff Advisory Board Member, BluWave, LP Subu Kota Chairman, The Boston Group Narayanan Krishnakumar VP and CTO, Delta Air Lines

Timothy Mackinnon SVP Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Jitender Makkar Founder & CEO, IndusPAD, LLC Venkat Maroju CEO, SourceTrace Systems Anil Matta Board Member, Help Wanted Vipin Mayar Head of CKSI, Fidelity Investments Vik Mehrotra Owner, Venus Capital Mgt, Inc. Shamit Mehta Growth Equity Investor, Guidepost Growth Equity

Kumar Metlapalli Founder & CEO, Kuberre Systems Rajesh Mishra Founder, Parallel Wireless, Inc. Praveen Misra Co-Founder, Opal Medical Prat Moghe Founder & CEO, Cazena Zenobia Moochhala COO, Embark Sangeeta Moorjani Head of Workplace Investing Product, Marketing and Advice, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Business Consulting Ashwin Moranganti Product Management Executive, Sevone Ramesh Motwane Founder, President & CEO, Eastern Contractors Raj Mundhe Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Shashi Murthy Founder & CTO, Flaskworks Chandrasekhar Naik CEO, VoiceGlance Saji Nair CEO, BCube Analytics, Inc. Vijay Nalamada CEO, Avco Consulting, Inc. Arvind Navaratnam Value Investor, Fidelity Investments Ranganath Nayak CEO, Cytel, Inc. Depankar Neogi Founder & CEO, Zyprr, Inc. Vinit Nijhawan Board Member, Boston University Odi Odayappan Co-Founder, Kovino Technologies

Gaugarin Oliver Chairman, CapeStart, Inc. Prashanth Palakurthi Founder, Reflexis Systems Bhaskar Panigrahi Chairman, ConnectM Technology Solutions, Inc. Pavan Pant Product, GTM Leader for High-Growth Companies | AR & IoT, PTC Ajikumar Parayil Founder & CEO, Manus Bio Ramesh Parwani Owner, Kay Pee Jewelers Chiman Patel President & CEO, Win Enterprises, Inc. Dinesh Patel Orthopedic Surgeon, Mass General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School Kanu Patel Sr. Hardware Engineer, Community Internist Associates Nilesh Patel Principal, VV Corporation Satish Patel Founder & CEO, Analytix Solutions Sharad Patney CEO, Vlink, Inc. Poorvi Patodia Founder & CEO, Biena Foods Thara Pillai Advisor | Mentor | Associate Director, Harvard Business School - The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship David Poltack CEO, Causeway Media Partners Ameek Ponda Partner, Sullivan & Worcester, LLP Gagan Prakash



TiE Boston Charter Members 2018 (cont.) Director of Product Management, ObserveIT Krishnajee Putcha Founder & CEO, ThermoRobotics, LLC Ramji Raghavan Founder & CEO, Pragya Systems

Shaloo Savla Associate Director, Pricing & Analytics, Wayfair Amar Sawhney President & CEO, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. Jit Saxena Board Member, Entrepreneur

Mustapha Shaikh CEO, Boston Byte Ajay Sharda Founder & CTO, Pragya Systems Corp.

Satish Tadikonda Managing Partner, Avigo Solutions Praveen Tailam Vice Chairman, TiE Global

Anupendra Sharma Global VP Growth & BD, Siemens Healthineers

Deepak Taneja Board Member, ObserveIT

Ken Sharma Principal, Family Office Consulting Services

Raj Rajgopal President, Digital Business Strategy, Virtusa Corporation

Erica Seidel Founder & Executive Recruiter, The Connective Good

Vasu Ram Founder & CTO, Content Raven, Inc.

Alpna Seth Chief Operating Officer, Vir Biotechnology, Inc.

Raj Sharma Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group

Rama Ramakrishnan Senior Vice President, Salesforce

Darpan Seth Founder & CEO, Nextuple, Inc.

Kalpesh Sheth Co-Founder, YAXA

Pam Randhawa Founder & CEO, Empiriko

Murali Sethumadhavan Board Member, Rogers Corporation

Nilesh Sheth Owner, Sheth Horsley Eye Center

Govind Rangasamy Founder & CEO, Appranix

Anil Shah President & CEO, MRCC

Juswinder Singh CSO, Ankaa Therapeutics

Prabhu Rao COO, Xebec Adsorption, Inc.

Chandu Shah President & CEO, S4, Inc.

Srini Rao Founder & CEO, Datycs

Kartik Shah Co-Founder, Skyscape

Pallavi Singh Director, Product and Innovation, Anaqua

Havell Rodrigues Co-Founder & CEO, Adjoint, Inc.

Kim Shah CEO, KnowYourMeds, Inc.

Subhash Roy VP Product Management, Kandou Bus Anupam Sachdev Founder & CEO, Indus Systems, Inc. Anil Saigal Founder, Lokvani Jesal Sangani Founder , TellZen Abhijit Sarid Founder & CEO, Innovaide, Inc. Purnanand Sarma President & CEO, Taris Biomedical

Mihir Shah Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments Asset Management Technology Niraj Shah Co-Founder & CEO, Wayfair Parag Shah Chairman & CFO, eCare Vault, Inc. Paresh Shah President, MindLeaf Tech, Inc. Uday Shah Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Jeavio Yash Shah Founder, Jeavio

Dinesh Tanna President, Tanna Insurance, Inc. Stephan K. Thieringer Founder & CEO, The Human Innovation Garage Sanjay Tikku Founder & CEO, Distributed Technology Associates, Inc. Praveen Tipirneni CEO, Morphic Therapeutic Sushil Tuli President, Leader Bank Venky Venkataramani Senior Vice President, State Street Global Advisors

Jag Sisodia Board of Directors , Optima Bank & Trust

Marc Vogg International Sales & Marketing Manager, Omicron Electronics Corp. USA

Ameeta Soni Chief Revenue Officer, GramLabs, Inc.

Seth Ward Managing Director, Brown Brothers Harriman

Vivek Soni Early Stage Investor, Boston Cleantech Partners

Abhi Yadav Co-Founder & CEO, ZyloTech

Sudhir Srinivasan SVP & CTO, Dell EMC

James Yim Tax Manager, Wolters Kluwer

Venkat Srinivasan Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Darshana Zaveri General Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures

Ram Swamy CEO, Vitamins Direct Group of Companies

Hong Zhuang Co-Founder, Cambridge Dawn, LLC

Saqib Syed Managing Principal, PredictSoft, Inc.

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TiE Boston Gala Program  

A look back at 2018 and honoring the 2018 Awardees!

TiE Boston Gala Program  

A look back at 2018 and honoring the 2018 Awardees!

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