Recession Be Damned: Entrepreneurship Lives at TiEcon 2009

Apologies for not posting the last few days. I just got back from a trip to Northern California, where I moderated a panel at TiEcon 2009.

This is the first time I’ve been to the big TiEcon gathering at the Santa Clara Convention Center. And although attendance was said to be down this year (I heard 2,000 too 3,000 folks compared to 5,000), I thought it was a fantastic conference, buzzing with interesting people, energy and ideas–despite the recession.

Some of the people I met include LinkIn’s chief scientist DJ Patil (whose told me his father envisioned TiE), Jon Staenberg from the Seattle venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners, Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha, New Enterprise Associates partner Rohini Chakravarthy, masIT CEO Muthu Krishnan, CrossLoop cofounder Mrinal Desai, Highland Capital’s Mike Gaiss, Mozilla director Suneel Gupta, Richard Gordon of Barclays Wealth, and TiEcon president Vish Mishra. I will post my post-mortem on the conference shortly.

I snapped this photo of the lobby from the second floor of the conference.

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