Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Kanwal Rekhi - Godfather of TIE and entreprenuers in Silcon Valley

Kanwal Rekhi came to the United States as a student from India in 1967. In 1982 he founded Excelan, one of the first high tech startups in Silicon Valley, that made TCP/IP network cards. One of the first startups founded by an engineer of Indian origin in Silicon Valley. I remember Excelan when I moved to the valley in 1987. One of my close friends worked and would describe how Indian the company was. Kanwal is an amazing story - he broke the glass cieling and became President of Excelan and paved the way for many of us to shine. He sold Excelan to Novell in 1989 and became a board member of Novell. He was one of the founders of TIE (The Indus Entreprenuer) in 1992, which became a raging success and now is the largest enterprenuer backed organization in the world, open to anyone. Here is podcast where he talks about TIE.

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