Talks & Seminars
Confessions of an Accidental Entrepreneur
Pravin Bhagwat, AirTight Networks
Date & Time: September 30, 2015 17:15
Venue: F. C. Kohli Auditorium, 01st Floor, Kanwal Rekhi (KReSIT) Building
I am an academic at heart who became an entrepreneur through a series of coincidences. AirTight Networks started as a ‘Make in India’ experiment twelve years ago. It has now grown into a provider of Cloud Managed Secure Wi-Fi solutions for the global market. The journey of last 12+ years has been a non-stop roller coaster ride – intense at times and yet highly enjoyable. In this retrospective talk, I’ll talk about ‘joys’ & ‘challenges’ of building a globally competitive tech startup from India. Through a series of real life stories, I’ll share my insights on cultivating Silicon Valley style innovation culture and winning attitude. I’ll also talk about systemic, cultural and social barriers which stop us from unlocking full entrepreneurial potential of the young generation.
Speaker Profile:
Pravin Bhagwat is an entrepreneur and a wireless security researcher. He is Co-founder and CTO of AirTight Networks -- a global leader in highly secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions. Pravin is responsible for product innovation, product engineering and technical marketing. He has built a world class engineering team in Pune which is successfully launching ‘first-of-its-kind’ Cloud managed Wi-Fi products in the global market. Pravin also has 16 patents to his credit. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career, Pravin was a lead researcher at AT&T Research and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York where he was a member of MobileIP, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth research teams. He also served as a visiting faculty member at computer science department, IIT Kanpur. For the past three years, Pravin has also been experimenting with a couple of non-tech ideas, such as leading a community level green/recycling initiative, jumpstarting an eco-restoration project near Pune and making a feature film length documentary. Pravin has B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
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