CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Over 560 entrepreneurs and investors attended TiE-Boston’s 16th Annual TiECON East held May 29-30 at the Cambridge Marriott. The conference theme was “Breaking Boundaries” and showcased the hottest companies in Massachusetts. The hotel was abuzz with high-quality speakers and enthusiastic entrepreneurs networking and exchanging ideas.
Day 1 kicked off with a Startup Reception followed by Opening Keynote with Surya Panditi, Cisco, who talked about opportunities a more connected world is bringing through Internet of Everything.
Next a Keynote Panel on “Exporting India” discussed the 3 key factors for a successful M&A: Credibility, Cash, and Courage as well as lessons learnt through overseas expansion.
Friday morning began with the “Made in Mass” keynote series featuring 3 local, prominent companies. Roger Marino, EMC, talked about the path to success and encouraged giving back. Tom Erickson, Acquia, discussed how Massachusetts is a great place to build a digital business that can grow with agility and disruption. Abigail Johnson, Fidelity, talked to Stephanie Mehta, FORTUNE magazine, about how Fidelity encourages creativity and innovation and offered words of advice on business values to entrepreneurs.
Pharmaceutical industry veteran Sarvajna Dwivedi, Pearl Therapeutics, highlighted the struggles of building a pharmaceutical enterprise with Taris Biomedical’s Purnanand Sarma, offering advice based on his experiences.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii talked about her journey to politics and driving force to do good, making the US a better place.
The conference explored innovation across: Fundraising, Selling to Exits; trends in Big Data, Cyber Security, and Electronic Payments; insights into Robotics, Connected Health, and Internet of Things.
PowerLunch allowed attendees to engage in intimate discussions with experienced entrepreneurs and leaders. Others attended a Lunch n Learn Session with EMC or listened to the TiE Challenge Open Mic where attendees voted for their favorite companies.
The grand finale was the highly anticipated TiE Sharks. 5 startups, CampusTab, TalkTop, CrowdComfort, Speare and Increment, pitched their business ideas to Sharks (local angel investors) in front of a live audience. TalkTop raised $35K while Increment raised $70K.