TiE Minnesota: What Minnesota can Offer in Creating a Knowledge Revolution in India - With Sam Pitroda

Dear Friends of TiE Minnesota ,
In order to accomodate the travel schedule of our May speaker, we will be holding this month's TiE event on Tuesday, May 29th at the Radisson Roseville.  Our regular meeting schedule, the third Thursday of each month will resume again in June. We are thrilled to have Sam Pitroda,  a truly world renound development thinker and entreprenuer as our speaker!  Sam will be speaking on his latest work as the Chairman of India's National Knowledge Commission which reports directly to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  The Indian Association of Minnesota members will also be in attendance.  This event will be sold out so please send in your RSVP's as soon as possible.   
Sam Pitroda
Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent 40 years in Information and Communications Technology and related human and national developments. His experiences include working in the private and public sectors and working with governments around the world.  A reputation built from many years of work, Sam Pitroda brings enormous professional weight and credibility to his projects and operations.
Credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered India ’s technology and telecommunications revolution in the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the digital divide.  During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s Mr. Pitroda headed six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy and oil seeds. And, he was also the founder and first chairman of India ’s Telecom Commission.
Currently, Mr. Pitroda is chairman of India ’s National Knowledge Commission which reports directly to the Prime Minister. The commission’s mandate is to offer a series of recommendations to the government on access, concepts, creation, application and services related to knowledge to help build excellence in the education system to meet the challenges of the 21st century and increase India 's competitive advantage.
He owns close to 100 patents. He is widely regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of handheld computing because of his invention of the Electronic Diary in 1975. He was also among the pioneers in digital telephone switching technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The decade of 1990 saw Mr. Pitroda explore the world of mobile phone based transaction technology and telecom developments in emerging markets.
Mr. Pitroda is also founder of the US based company, C-SAM, Inc.  C-SAM provides a robust software platform for conducting secure payment and non-payment transactions in the physical and virtual world using a mobile device.  C-SAM is committed to the vision of a digital wallet which is tightly integrated with value added services and applications and resides on a consumer’s mobile device.
Key Highlights:

  • Chariman of India's Knowledge Commission
  • Founder of C-SAM, Inc.
  • Founding Chairman of Telecom Commission - Government of India
  • Founder of several companies in the United States and Europe, including Wescom which was one of the first digital switching companies in the world
  • Owner of close to 100 worldwide patents, including the digital diary which was used by companies such as Casio, Sharp and Texas Instruments etc.
  • Credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered in India's technology revolution in the 1980's as Technology Advisor to the Prime minister of India
  • Invited by the United Nations Secretary General to join a special committee to advise on global digital divide issues.
When:  Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 (6:30pm 9:00pm) - Due to large number of attendees registration will start at 6PM
Where:  Radisson Roseville ( 2540 North Cleveland Ave. , Roseville 55113 )
Registration: (includes dinner)
TiE Members:                              $10.00
Non-Member:                              $15.00  

Please register for this event by sending your RSVP to this email.  Kindly include your full name and name of any guests.  Please note:  Due to limited seating and high attendance we request you to RSVP as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,
TiE Minnesota Executive Committee

TiE's mission is to foster and advance entrepreneurship across the globe. Its principle objective is to provide a platform on which people with entrepreneurial spirit and those interested in economic value creation can come together to share ideas. TiE endeavors to cultivate and nurture the ecosystems of entrepreneurship and free-market economics everywhere, as it sees this to be the single most powerful instrument of prosperity.

Name Sales End Price
TiE Minnesota Annual Membership (Includes One Complimentary Sam Pitroda Event Ticket) Ended $100
TiE Member Ended $10
Non-Member Ended $15

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