Invites For Silicon Valley 2011

The list of invitees will shortly be published. The selection process is under way. We are on the look out for achievers from various fields. If you know an achiever, please nominate the person .

Meanwhile you can look into the invitees for this year.

  1. Ambal Balakrishnan , Co-founder of ClickDocuments .
  2. Chaitra Vedullapalli , Senior Director of WW Sales and Marketing Communications .
  3. Chris Kevorkian , Senior Vice President .
  4. Dave Gardner , Management Consultant .
  5. David Motto , Musician, Writer, and Speaker .
  6. Dipak Patel , Founder and CEO of RivalZone Inc .
  7. Liz Alexander , TV & Radio Broadcaster and Consultant .
  8. Mark Faust , Consultant, Syndicated Writer, Professional Speaker, and Executive Coach .
  9. Naveen Lakkur , Co-founder and CEO of Compassites Ventures .
  10. Nilesh Kapse , .
  11. Pam Fox Rollin , .
  12. Raj Raheja , Entrepreneur .
  13. Samuel Eddy , Curator and Founder of F4 .
  14. Shankar Ramamurthy , Entrepreneur-Coach .
  15. Urmi Ashar , President and CEO of NACD .
  16. Vish Pattanashetty , Innovation Evangelist .

Ambal Balakrishnan,Co-founder of ClickDocuments.

Ambal Balakrishnan, is a Co-founder of ClickDocuments. Ambal is a technologist turned marketer. She spent about a decade in the corporate world in various roles–engineering, program management, business development, and strategy and marketing for premium and fast-growing product divisions at Fortune 500 companies.

Ambal’s hiking pursuits have taken her to several mountains including Mt. Whitney(which she managed to climb in 1 day!).

Ambal received her Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in Silicon Valley, California.

Ambal’s upcoming book: #CONTENTMARKETINGtweet: 140 Bite-sized Ideas to Create and Market Compelling Content.

Chaitra Vedullapalli,Senior Director of WW Sales and Marketing Communications.

Chaitra Vedullapalli is the Senior Director of WW Sales and Marketing Communications, where she oversees the information workplace for Microsoft Sales Force.

Past work includes shaping the Microsoft Customer and Partner Self Service Experience which touched over 10M Customers & 1M Partners. She was also an integral part of creating the Service Culture at Microsoft and an architect of the Microsoft-IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners) innovation program.

Chaitra has also served as a Director of Licensing and PartnerNetwork at Oracle where her projects drove licensing simplification and enabled state of the art innovations in Partner Self Service Experience. Chaitra holds a Patent in WebMethods and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from RVCE, Bangalore, and is currently active in community efforts to help women and children in need.

Chaitra has presented in many events such as ”The Future of Marketing -Personalization Revolution” ; “Localization World” and IPQC- Channel Partnering. She has also published “PARTNER Tweet” – 140 Bite-Sized Ideas for Succeeding in Your Partnerships which is now available on Amazon.

Chris Kevorkian,Senior Vice President.

Chris Kevorkian joined MPA as Executive Vice President/Digital in 2010. In this capacity he focuses on initiatives that advance publishers’ cross-platform interests with allied industries and associations. Additional efforts endeavor to define early guidelines and, ultimately, digital best practices.

Prior to joining MPA, Mr. Kevorkian was Senior Vice President, Business Development at, where he built powerful new network distribution partnerships focused on optimizing performance and end user experience.

Mr. Kevorkian moved into the digital world when he joined a Matrix Partners-backed startup,, as Senior Vice President of BizDev & Sales. There, he built a distribution network in the U.S. and UK, delivering local advertising directories and content to the online end users of business publications. Chris was also Publisher afSunset, successfully re-launched the Sunset brand and drove it record profitability. Prior to his move to Sunset, Mr. Kevorkian was with Hearst Magazines where he ultimately became Ad Director of Good Housekeeping. He began his career in media & account management at Y&R and BBDO in SF, Ca and New York.He led the Digital Initiatives for American Business Media as Chair of their Digital Media Council 2008-2010.

Dave Gardner,Management Consultant.

Dave Gardner has spent his career improving business execution and collaboration within the enterprise and beyond the enterprise into the sales/dealer channels. He has held management and senior management positions in Product Development, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Product Management. A management consultant since 1991, he has broad expertise and experience leading enterprise-wide change initiatives.

He is a graduate of San Jose State University (BA) and Santa Clara University (MBA). Dave is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting (SAC); he is Board Approved by SAC in “Configurable Products and Services Strategy & Implementation.” In 2010, he was inducted in the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame. Out of over 1,300 consultants who have gone through Alan Weiss’s mentoring program, 30 have been inducted in the Hall of Fame. Dave is a Fast Company Expert Blogger in the area of Business Execution and a member of Dell’s Customer Advisory Panel.

David Motto,Musician, Writer, and Speaker.

David Motto is a musician, writer, and speaker. He is an expert on practicing music and speaks on this topic throughout the U.S. He has taught private music lessons for 25 years and was a member of the music faculty at San Francisco State University for 12 years. David is coauthor of the best-selling Musician’s Practice Planner, author of three instructional books for the bass guitar, and author of the forthcoming book The 10 Minute Virtuoso: 101 Secrets to Learn Any Musical Instrument in 10 Minutes a Day. He has played bass on over twenty commercially released recordings and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which gives him the privilege of voting for the Grammy Awards. David lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Oakland, CA.

Dipak Patel,Founder and CEO of RivalZone Inc.

Founder and CEO of RivalZone Inc.Considered the “vision guy”. Over 15 year software veteran with experience in development, sales, business development, & consulting.Board Member of YMCA of East Bay. BS EE & Minor in Music from Drexel University, Phila, PA, and been in sports all my life. Lives in Pleasanton with wife Shaila and daughter Zahra.

Liz Alexander,TV & Radio Broadcaster and Consultant.

Liz Alexander is something of a hybrid. She was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, raised in England from the age of 2, and moved to the United States in 2001 where she became a citizen in 2009. Her passion is any form of communication and she’s been helping spread ideas in book form since 1988. A writer since she was old enough to pick up a pencil, she’s had nine nonfiction books published internationally (by Random House, HarperCollins, Little,Brown among others), as well as several that she’s self-published. Believing no book really counts until it reaches its readers, Liz has sold close to 500,000 copies of her own books globally. A life-long learner, she went back to graduate school and earned her Ph.D. In educational psychology in 2009. Her 35-year “portfolio career” spans TV & radio broadcasting, corporate consulting, freelance journalism, magazine editing, career coaching, book coaching/consulting, marketing, training, speaking, and program evaluation.

Mark Faust,Consultant, Syndicated Writer, Professional Speaker, and Executive Coach.

Mark Faust is a growth and turnaround consultant, syndicated writer, professional speaker, and executive coach to owners and CEOs.

Mark is known as Doctor Faust as twice, the midwife was late, his wife was early, and he and his wife alone delivered 2 of their 5 children.

Since founding Echelon Management in 1990 Faust has consulted with hundreds of companies and spoken to hundreds of organizations on how to foster growth. He has worked with and interviewed Fortune 500 CEOs as well as many turnaround CEOs on growth strategies for various articles. In preparation for his engagements he has interviewed hundreds of the number-one sales producers and top sales and marketing managers, as well as thousands of customers to discern what fosters growth and what truly gets and keeps a customer.

Faust has worked with companies such as P&G, IBM, Monsanto, Apple, Syngenta, Bayer, and John Deere, as well as smaller, closely held organizations, government agencies, and even nonprofits. He has been an adjunct COO, a VP of sales, a board member/advisor, and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University.

Naveen Lakkur,Co-founder and CEO of Compassites Ventures.

Naveen Lakkur, co-founder and CEO of Compassites Ventures ( – an ideation company, specialized in translating ideas into business realities.

Naveen Lakkur is a startup expert. His association in different capacities with 5 different startups prior to Compassites has equipped him to now foster entrepreneurship through Compassites.

Nilesh Kapse,.

Born in Mumbai. Product or Sir. J J School of Arts with a Diploma in Design and Printing. Specialized in Printing from Heidelberg, Germany. Done short courses in Graphics and Technology from Dr. Hell Scanners, Klimpshe Cameras, Bobst Punching and Bobst Graphics Sitzerland and The London Scholl of printing. 1st Venture – Anesh Graphics from 1980 to 1987 in Mumbai, India. 2nd Venture – Alps Innovators from 1988 and ongoing – Bangalore, India. 3rd Venture – 3 Keys Graphics from May 2001 and ongoing – California – USA. 4th Venture – Durvaa Grafics from Sept 2008 and ongoing – Bangalore – India. Involved in various capacities with: Revalsys – Hyderabad, Tengo Communications – LA, USA.

Pam Fox Rollin,.

Pam Fox Rollin is executive coach and consultant to executives and leadership teams in Silicon Valley and beyond. She works with CXO through Director levels in technology, consulting, healthcare, government, and NGOs. Pam guides executive teams to make differences productive and onboard new leaders successfully. Pam’s IdeaShape clients have included Accenture, Autodesk, Blue Shield of CA, eBay, Genentech/Roche, LinkedIn, Charles Schwab, Verizon, and a variety of small and mid-size companies. Before founding IdeaShape in 1999, Pam guided executives of healthcare and financial service companies through major strategic change with Accenture Strategic Services and Bain & Company; clients included C-level executives at United Health Group, Kaiser Permanente, and Anthem BCBS. Pam is frequently invited to speak on onboarding, executive team effectiveness, and her research into leadership across personality types. Pam also served as a Guest Fellow a nd Master Coach for the Center for Leadership Development & Research at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA. She is a featured lecturer and coach for executive education at business schools. Pam also co-hosts Weekly Leader, a podcast on leadership research and practice. Pam is author of 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role: The Manual They Didn’t Hand You When You Made VP, Director, or Manager (2011), an Amazon Top 10 in Leadership.

Raj Raheja,Entrepreneur.

Raj Raheja provides a leading voice for the future of 3D Virtual Training and Serious Gaming. He believes in sandwiching great technologies together and therefore, leans more towards Innovation than pure Invention. In 2002, Raj co-founded Heartwood with Neil Wadhawan. Today, he splits his time between operating the company and on new technology development, his real passion. If it’s Visual or Virtual, then Raj is interested in it! Some of his current interests include:

Mobile 3D Applications – iPad, iPhone, and Android platforms
Simulation engines
Augmented Reality & Automated 3D reconstruction

Raj has won several key awards, including:

‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award (San Francisco Business Times)
Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly, for ‘one of the finest entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area’
Gold Medal for Best Thesis from the prestigious School of Planning & Architecture (New Delhi) presented by (former) Prime Minister of India, I.K Gujral

Raj has been featured in ‘Entrepreneur’ Magazine, San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Business Standard (India), The Sentinel (Cover Story), India West (twice, once Cover Story), and India Post. Some of his other most memorable experiences have included:

Appearing as Guest Speaker with Autodesk CEO (now Yahoo CEO), Carol Bartz.
Partnering with Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams.
Winning a competition for a 3D Animation project and visiting Whoopi Goldberg at her home.

Raj loves the water. He swims and plays tennis between project deadlines. Raj encourages everyone at the company to live a complete life, sometimes dragging them away from their desks!

Samuel Eddy,Curator and Founder of F4.

Samuel Eddy started his career in A,V,Thomas and Co specializing in Tea and then onto Cardamom growing and Processing. He went onto growing and processing Jasmine Concretes for the perfume Industry in France. He then set up the Retailing business for retailing spices for the Middle East market . Worked for Mac Industries Ltd setting up a modern Pappad processing plant for the UK Market. He pioneered the export of organic fruits for the German market. .

In 1995 he set up Chennai’s first event management Company and came up with the concept of Corporate Recreation services for the IT industry. He also set up India’s first Petting Zoo .In 2008 he set up a Finishing School for Engineering graduates helping over 1500 students get placement in IT companies. He then was Marine Coordinator for a shipping company handling the quantity and quality analysis of all crude oil coming into the country, Eddy is also the Chief Coordinator for TEDxChennai .

In 2011 he was the Curator and Sole licensee for BIL conferences in India and organaised the first ever BIL Conference in Chennai.He is now involved in bringing in several TED like concepts like Chic Meets Geek ,Do lectures etc to India. He is also the Founder of F4( Face to Face Facebook Friends) an unique meetup which has no agenda nor timing, which is rapidly spreading all over the country and the world.

In May 2011 Samuel relocated to the United States to help his wife Shanti in mission work.

Shankar Ramamurthy,Entrepreneur-Coach.

Shankar is an entrepreneur-coach who helps founder-led Small to Medium Enterprises unlock their potential for creating and realizing value. First time entrepreneurs have limited financial and finite -albeit larger- nervous runway to persist long enough to succeed. His strategy to execution firm Business Capital LLC, helps entrepreneurs and executives correctly recognize problems and opportunities, arrive at better decision making and conceive and execute higher outcome producing plans.

His first company, Esseven Infotech was a pioneering product development outsourcer, providing the entire range of services from product management to architecture to engineering necessary for ‘version one’ software product development. His next endeavor was in the enterprise software space, with Epiance a leading elearning and business process improvement company. Its software training and documentation automation innovation of “simulation” became an industry standard. Later he participated in a number of search, social and mobile based ecommerce and internet start-ups, variously as an investor or as interim-CEO, to nurture them from conception to market.

In his earlier career in strategy and IT consulting, he worked with Deloitte Consulting on marketing and business development strategies for leading Indian corporates across different consumer and engineering industries. He managed regional operations for a fast growing IT services company called NIIT and then led corporate strategy and development for Wipro.

Urmi Ashar,President and CEO of NACD.

Dr. Ashar, Led the initiative for NACD to establish the NACD Three Rivers Chapter, serving the needs of the boards and providing cutting edge education programs for directors, and was elected as its founding President and CEO. She attained a Certificate of Director Education from NACD and is involved with its education initiative, which researches and revamps the curriculum needs for director education to keep up with the current rapidly changing environment in Corporate Governance. Within the larger community, Dr. Ashar has participated and engaged in programs associated with NACD, The Governance Institute and Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She served on the Advisory Council of Strong Women and Strong Girls’ citywide initiative and as a Marketing Director for the Women’s Small Business Association in Pittsburgh.

She has developed the syllabus and curriculum for Corporate Governance at Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz lll School of Public Policy and Management Institute & Institute for Social Innovation and has led an award-winning project at the Heinz School’s Institute for Social Innovation while managing research projects in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance invited Dr. Ashar to participate in the think tank session, “Directors as Guardians of Compliance and Ethics Within the Corporate Citadel.” Dr. Ashar serves as a trustee of Excela Health System – a complex health care system with multiple for-profit sub-entities – and served as Chair of the CEO Search Committee and the ad-hoc Compensation Committee. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the health care System.

Vish Pattanashetty,Innovation Evangelist.

Degree in Engg from MIT, India. MBA from UCO, USA. Started and sold a company in India. He is a financial process innovation evangelist by profession.

He is passionate about critical thinking and what he can do to clear the cobwebs of thinking to bring clarity in thinking to others and myself. He is also very passionate about public speaking.