Jan 11,2011

For the 100 or so TechWadi members that braved the rain and traffic to join our forum on January 11, 2011, we had a packed agenda planned featuring prominent venture capitalist Khaled Nasr of InterWest Partners as well as some of Silicon Valley’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Hosted by TechWadi Gold Sponsor Lahlouh Inc., the mixer also welcomed a delegation of business delegates from across the MENA region, led to Silicon Valley as part of NUSACC’s High Tech Road Show. TechWadi welcomed the delegation to Silicon Valley and arranged a special tour and presentation at Plug and Play Tech Center, Silicon Valley’s leading incubator for technology startups, as well as Lahlouh itself, the leading printing/ packaging/ fulfillment house on the West Coast. At Plug and Play, Delegates joined two riveting venture review sessions with El Dorado Ventures, a veteran Silicon Valley-based VC.

The Agenda

The evening began with a short period of networking, allowing the crowd to warm up and get to know each other better. We often receive feedback that this early part of our events, dedicated to networking, can often be the most valuable! Appetizers, drinks, and refreshments were served courtesy of Lahlouh, Inc. and a community of close to 100 people quickly gathered steam.

After 30-45 minutes, we asked guests to take their seats in the Lahlouh amphitheater to listen to our presenters, all of them leaders from around Silicon Valley, and all of them inspiring stories of success.

Khaled Nasr. Partner, InterWest Partners
Khaled joined InterWest’s IT team in 2005 focusing on investments in communications, enterprise, and IT infrastructure sectors. Khaled has served in a variety of operational and investment roles for leading companies and enjoys sharing his advice with top entrepreneurs as a TechWadi100 charter member and mentor. At our event, Khaled discussed the subject of mobility and laid out the most enticing opportunities in the mobile space, along with the promise that innovations based on the cellular/mobile platform will continue to revolutionize consumer behavior.

Sid Ahmed Benraouane. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
Sid Ahmed teaches management and global strategy and works with small and medium enterprises with operations in emerging markets on issues related to FDI, human capital and transfer of technology. Dr. Benraouane also led a variety of teaching seminars in Algeria, Australia, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany. His work in Algeria focuses on SME development, business incubation and entrepreneurship.



Nader Ghaffari. Founder & CEO, ShortForm
Nader is an entrepreneur with extensive corporate, consulting, & VC experience. He is currently leading ShortForm, a San Francisco-based startup that lets users create and share “channels” of favorite online videos with a large community of fellow social video afficionados, creating continuous streams of video content similar to television

Ravi Gundlapalli
. Founder & CEO, Parjanya
Ravi is a technologist-turned-CEO, with a strong dedication to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs. Parjanya is a Silicon Valley-based startup creating a powerful online platform to faciliate mentorship, connect entrepreneurs, and empower individuals to achieve their career potential
Amine Bellajdel.
Founder & CEO, Kyndy
Amine is a Morrocan entrepreneur with a dream to succeed in Silicon Valley. His brainchild is Kyndy, a new tool to help various communities share their generated content – and benefit from its traffic. Currently a student at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Amine’s first target is to help universities and student groups monetize their content.

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