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Silicon Raj: Making a Difference to America's Future

Kanwal Rekhi.

One of the founders of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) and CEO of the first Indian-led company publicly traded on Nasdaq gives suggestions to young entrepreneurs with new technology ideas during a guru-chela session at the TiE office in Santa Clara. Fortune described Rekhi as the Godfather of Silicon Valley¹s Indian business community, with a reputation as a business plan genius.

"We became role models and mentors for this next generation of Indian entrepreneurs because we felt we had to fight our way to the top, and we can make it a little bit easier for our people." 

- Kanwal Rekhi, Upside Today, November 18, 2000

Up close and personal.

Umang Gupta, Chairman and CEO of Keynote Systems Inc, listens and answers questions from young Indian high-tech professional during a networking session at the monthly meeting sponsored by The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Santa Clara.

TiE hosts monthly meeting to provide opportunities for young high-tech professionals to network and to learn lessons from successful entrepreneurs.


Bhagya Rekha of is one of the growing number of women who attend TiE monthly networking events in Santa Clara.

Old friends.

Bakul Joshi, president of Multiple Access CA Corportation and a TiE charter member, meets an old friend, Sanjeev Chitra, chairman of AvantCom Network and also a TiE charter member, at the monthly TiE meeting held at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel.

Kathak dance promotion.

Holi at La Cuesta Park.

The Network of Indian Professionals-SF Bay Area Chapter provides a professional and social network for South Asian professionals, promotes awareness of the South Asian communities and culture, and fosters charitable and educational events that will assist and promote communities and residents of the Bay Area.

Wedding tradition.

Laughaway at the park.

Umit and Vavita Chopra, with their sons Aman and Arpan, participate in an early morning "Laughing Yoga" at Alum Rock Park in San Jose.

Before the "Shadi".


Mamta Prasad instructs TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) volunteers for the Gujarat earthquake relief concert.

*All original photos were 20" x 16" gelatin silver prints.