Opportunities and challenges for software entrepreneurs in Asia


Public welcome. Light refreshments served afterward

Panel discussion with:Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan, Vice President, Technology Strategy & Partnerships, Office of the CTO, Intuit

Mr. Robin Renm Director, R&D (Cloud Application & Svcs BU) VMWare

Mr. Sunil Mirapuri, Executive Vice President, Cloudy Soft

Our panelists discuss how major changes in software industries andmarkets, e.g. the shift toward cloud computing and the rise of socialnetworking services, are creating new opportunities and challenges for software entrepreneurs in major Asia markets. Business and consumer applications, SaaS business models, new responses to support infrastructure growth in Asia, and more.

As Vice President of Technology Strategy and Partnerships in the CTO Office of Intuit, Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan is responsible for defining and executing Intuit's technology strategy, partnerships and enabling M&A. He was formerly the Managing Director for Symantec's India Development Center for consumer products, for whom he set up offshore engineering operations and created new models of engineering partnerships. Earlier, Sridhar was VP of Technology for Softbank Emerging Markets, a $200M fund focused on early stage investments in emerging markets. Before Softbank Emerging Markets, Sridhar was Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of, Inc., an ecommerce marketplace. Sridhar has also been the Technical Director for Internet & eCommerce at Oracle Corporation, where he was in charge of technology strategy, product evolution for ecommerce and implementation. Sridhar is the author of "Internet Commerce Metrics and Models," (Prentice Hall, 2001) and has taught courses at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley and IIT, Madras. He has a doctorate in engineering from University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree (Sloan Fellow) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and B.Tech (Hons) from IIT, Kharagpur. Sridhar is a Charter Member of TiE Silicon Vallley.

Robin Ren is a Director, R&D at VMware in Palo Alto, California. He manages an engineering team in the new Cloud Application and Services BU. He is involved in many of the VMware's cloud initiatives at the Infrastructure-, Platform-, and Application-as-a- Service layers. He is also the ambassador at the headquarters for the VMware R&D Center in Beijing China. Prior to joining VMware in September 2009, Robin spent 3+ years working at the EMC China Center of Excellence (COE) in Shanghai and Beijing, managing R&D teams for EMC's Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division. His teams were part of the global engineering force that created such cloud storage and service offerings as Atmos and Mozy. Prior to EMC and VMware, Robin worked 10+ years at a number of tech companies in the Bay Area, including Rainfinity and Yahoo. At Yahoo, he managed the back-end engineering team for Yahoo Mail, with over 300 million users worldwide. Robin received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and his bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Sunil Mirapuri is Executive Vice President of Cloudy Soft, which provides consulting services for for companies in the U.S. and Japan, implementing sales, marketing, and customer service processes to to ensure maximum return on investments in CRM and SFA systems. Previously he was Senior Product Manager at Jigsaw, and before that he was a founder of Apex Network. He was involved with Engineering & Products at He was a Founder of Mr Mirapuri was a key architect and logic designer of the MIPS R4000 microprocessor. His software expertise is in Java- based application servers and Oracle PL/SQL programming. He has held previous design positions at Intel Corporation and at Rolm Mil-Spec Computers. He received the MSEE (computer science track) and also the BSEE (with honors) from Stanford University. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the Japan Society of Northern California. He has authored articles in IEEE's technical journals and holds several key patents in computer architecture and in internet software design. He reads and speaks Japanese fluently.

The US-ATMC would like to express our appreciation to Smart Solar Inc. for a financial contribution in support of this series. We are also happy to recognize the volunteer efforts of Stanford students with the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University

U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center