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Governor Schwarzenegger enumerated reforms to make California a desirable destination, reports Shalini Narang.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 03:11 IST

The two-day annual flagship conference of Tie titled Disruption and Convergence: Entrepreneurship Unlimited opened at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Friday.

After brief introductions encompassing the history of Tie, the challenge of remaining relevant, the agenda including the new initiative of the Entrepreneurship Bazaar and the theme of the meet by conference conveners, the keynote speakers -- Dr Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General of United Nations and John Doerr, addressed the gathering of past, present and future entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers, bankers and others.

Speaking eloquently on the theme of the conference, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General of United Nations said: "Forces of convergence like internet, wireless and forces of disruption like terrorism pull us together and push us apart parallely and in that context are closely interlinked.

"Terrorists, the chief operators of disruption are using the means of convergence like the latest communication channels for their nefarious ends worldwide. The challenge of terrorism is global and needs a global response."

Elaborating on the need of not only curbing the perpetuators of terrorism but on eliminating the sources of sustenance of terrorism, Dr Tharoor emphasised the need of the people of the world to understand each other better via collaboration and communication of not only science and technology but also of culture and values.

He added that to make the world a better place, the people on the margins of the society have to be provided basic means to live beyond starvation.

Invoking the entrepreneurs in the room, he said: "Deliver development to the third world and make your technologies available to integrate and inter mingle the people around the globe while bridging the digital divide."

On the role of UN, he sated: "UN has an indispensable role and we have embarked on ambitious plans to overhaul the organisation to make it more relevant to meet the challenges and demands of the fast changing world."

On specific reform initiatives, he included inception of a new human rights commission, peace building commission and management reforms.

Elucidating on the theme of giving back to society, John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byerssaid: "Find your passion to make meaning beyond making money. Entrepreneurs can help social entrepreneurs build businesses that are scalable and sustainable."

Though the conference is largely a tryst for meeting old contacts and for making new partnerships, the new initiative of the Entrepreneurship Bazaar encompassing a group of venture capitalists, bankers, legal consultants and service providers for real time mentoring and advise to current and potential entrepreneurs seemed a huge success going by the beeline of people awaiting their turn for interaction and advise with the experts.

The most awaited evening keynote by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attracted a full house with his opening remarks "I love that I don't have an accent today" evoking a peal of laughter.

After enumerating the reform measures in place for making California a desirable destination for local and global business and education reforms for the state's schools, Governor Schwarzenegger candidly answered the questions of the distinguished panel comprising five former Tie presidents. Again to audience applause he asked, "Where are the women amongst Tie Presidents?"

The distinguished line up of speakers for the second day of the conference include Vyomesh Joshi, EVP, Hewlett Packard, Judy Estrin, CEO Packet Design and Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & UE product Management, Google.

First Published: May 13, 2006 22:37 IST