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5 reasons you can’t afford to miss the 4th edition of TechSparks coming to Pune on 17th August

5 reasons you can’t afford to miss the 4th edition of TechSparks coming to Pune on 17th August

Thursday August 15, 2013 , 4 min Read

Let’s get to the matter without any delay. Yes, TechSparks 4th edition is coming to its last city stop Pune on August 17th after covering Kochi, Mumbai, Hyderbad, Delhi and Chennai. And if you are one of the few who is waiting to grab their seats at the last minute for Pune TechSparks, here is why you should go book it right away:

1. Whole of Pune startup community will be under one roof, you don't want to be the only one absent

Pune is one of the emerging startup hubs in India and all the young entrepreneur energy will be buzzing under one roof of Hotel Aurora Towers. We have always loved Pune, not only for its emerging startup space but for its entrepreneurs’ open hearts and high spirits too. When the whole Pune startup eco-system is meeting and greeting, you don’t want to be the odd one out.

2. You don’t want to miss Raghava KK’s talk

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Raghava KK needs no introduction. Artist, storyteller, entrepreneur, cartoonist, 4 time TED speaker, Kirkus Book Award Winner – this list is never ending. Having quit formal education at the age of 18 to start his career as a newspaper cartoonist, Raghava is today considered one of India’s most successful young artists. He was named as one of the 10 most remarkable people of 2010 by CNN.

Raghava also applies his artistic practice beyond the gallery space. He is actively involved in a radical education initiative, NuVu Studios, an offshoot of Harvard and MIT, to redefine creativity in education.His current work attempts to combine art and technology to bring multiple perspectives into the deployment of knowledge. He lives and works in New York and Bangalore, India on his creativity startup Flipsicle.


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3. You want to hear Sailesh Lakhani's perspective on the startup space

Sailesh Lakhani is a Principal with Sequoia Capital India and holds an MBA from the Harvard

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Business School. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital India, he worked at Redknees India subsidiary as the Managing Director and previously was Head of the Global Professional Services Group and held Product Management leadership roles. Previously, he consulted for Microsoft India and Tata Sons. If you want to know what a clear cut VC perspective on any of your line of thoughts, you have the chance to know it from Sailesh at TechSparks Pune.4. You want to meet the man who helped deliver first internet enabled phone to the market

Abinash is the co-founder and CEO of Helpshift, Inc., an early stage start-up that is building a mobile in-app customer support solution. He brings more than 17 years of experience within technology, Internet and mobile, having created and run a number of early and growth stage companies. Prior to Helpshift, Abinash started the India division of Zimbra, Inc and grew it to 40 employees prior to its acquisition by Yahoo, Inc.


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Abinash was an early employee at Openwave Systems Inc., the pioneers of the Mobile Internet 1.0 (WAP), which delivered the first Internet enabled phones to the market as early in 1999. At Openwave, he was responsible for conceptualizing and delivering the world’s first IP based Voicemail/Unified communications, Mobile Photo Messaging (in Japan) and MMS products to the market. Abinash also contributed to the development of the VoiceXML and 3GPP MMS standards.5. Insider info from an insightful panel

Don’t worry! There is nothing illegal happening here. You want to be a part of an in-depth discussion on some of the grueling topics with some of the noted people in the startup space in India including Shailesh Lakhani, Principal, Sequoia Capital, Abinash Tripathy, Founder & CEO, Helpshift, Raghava KK, TED Fellow and Founder, Flipsicle, Mukund Mudras, Co-founder, Heckyl Technologies, Manoj Joshi, Business Development Manager, CISCO. The panel will be moderated by Murali D, Managing Editor, YourStory.in.

Enough said... See you at Hotel Aurora Towers, Pune, on 17th August at 2pm

Book your tickets now!  and more information about the Pune edition of TechSparks here.

We thank TechSparks 2013 sponsors - Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, UKTI, Intel, Cisco, GigaOM , Verisign, CNBC TV18, Kyron and FIIB