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The Fifth Gear Series - accelerate your venture   #iitm5G 

T5G - an interactive event series is created and organized by IITMIC & led by industry experts, serial entrepreneurs and investors. It has been envisioned with the primary intent of helping startups accelerate the growth of their ventures, by tackling some of the commonly faced startup challenges.

2nd Edition of t5G - 10th November 2016 (5pm @ IC&SR)

Topic: "Enterprise Datacenter IT Infrastructure: landscape, trends & Startup opportunities" 
Speaker: Dr Kumar Ganapathy

About Speaker

Dr. Kumar Ganapathy has been a technology entrepreneur over the past 18 years disrupting information technology markets in Enterprise data storage, DSP processing, and wireless technologies. He founded two successful startups, VxTel (VoIP telecom infrastructure acquired by Intel in 2001) and Virident (Enterprise Flash Storage infrastructure acquired by Western Digital in 2013) which were acquired for a combined net worth of over $1.2B. He served in the CTO office of Intel and started his career at Rockwell Semiconductor where he was an Engineering Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. He received his Ph.D from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and B.Tech from IIT Madras in 1987 (Siemens' gold medal) and was recently nominated as Distinguished alumni of IITM in 2016.


Enterprise Datacenter IT infrastructure is a trillion-dollar market that is being disrupted by public clouds enabling the long promised move from build to consume model of IT. This creates a number of unique and interesting gaps for entrepreneurs to solve as enterprises modernize their IT infrastructure towards public and hybrid cloud options. In this overview, will cover a number of key market inflections and technology trends at a very high level, and identify some of the startup opportunities in the next 5-10 years to make the Enterprise cloud infrastructure smart and adaptive while enabling Enterprises to maintain trust and control.

1st Edition of T5G
 - 17th August 2016 (@ IITMRP)
 "Path to Profitability
Speaker: G Venkat 
About the speaker:
IIT Madras alumnus, Venture Capitalist, Author, Entrepreneur (CEO, bitWise Academy) & Strategic Advisor to Hyperverge Inc, 
an IITM incubated & Silicon Valley startup

Key take away:

• "Asking for investment is alike to asking for headache"
• Create cash flow.
• Investment is good for scaling up.