Silicon Valley Monthly NIT (National Institute of Technology) Alumni Network Meet - Jan 12th(Wed) 2011

This event is open for all professionals. Pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected to be a sellout.


Location: Athidhi Indian Cuisine

              727 Old Sanfrancisco road

             Sunnyvale, CA 94594

Event Fee : $15(preregister on or before Jan 11)/$20(register at the event)

NITians Preregister at :

Non NITians Preregister at :


Sridhar Muppalla

NIT Brand Ambassador

email id: sridhar89 AT hotmail DOT com

NIT Powerconnect lead BIO


Dilip Saraf(Author−Speaker−Career Coach−Life Coach)

Dilip has been LinkedIn’s #1 career coach from among a global pool of over 500 peers ever since LinkedIn started ranking them professionally. Having worked with over 4,500 clients from all walks of professions and having worked with nearly the entire spectrum of age groups—from high-school graduates about to enter college to those in their 70s, not knowing what to do with their retirement—Dilip has developed a unique approach to bringing meaning to their professional and personal lives. Dilip’s professional success lies in his ability to codify what he has learned in his own varied life and from those of his clients and to apply the essence of that learning to each coaching situation.

After getting his B.Tech (Honors) from IIT-Bombay and Master’s in electrical engineering(MSEE) from Stanford University, Dilip worked at various organizations, starting as an individual contributor and then progressing to head an engineering organization of a division of a high-tech company, with $2B in sales, in California’s Silicon Valley. His current interest in coaching resulted from his career experiences spanning nearly four decades, at four very diverse organizations, including a major conglomerate in India, and from what it takes to re-invent oneself time and again.  

During the 40-plus years since his graduation, Dilip changed four careers by reinventing himself at each transition. When he left the corporate world, as head of engineering of a technology company, he started his own technology consulting business, helping high-tech and biotech companies streamline their product development processes. Dilip’s third career was working as a marketing consultant helping Forture-500 companies dramatically improve their sales based on a novel concept. It is during this work that Dilip realized that the greatest challenge most corporations face is available leadership resources; too many followers looking up to rudderless leaders.

Dilip then decided to work with corporations helping them understand the leadership process and how to increase leadership effectiveness at every level. Soon afterwards, when the job-market shift that hit the Silicon Valley in 2001 like a tsunami, Dilip changed his career track again and decided to work initially with many high-tech refugees who wanted expert guidance in their reinvention and reemployment. Quickly, Dilip expanded his practice to help professionals from all walks of life.

Now in his fifth career, Dilip works with professionals in the Silicon Valley and around the world helping with reinvention to get their dream jobs or vocations. As a career counselor and life coach, Dilip’s focus has been career transitions for professionals at all levels and engaging them in a purposeful pursuit. Working with them, he has developed many groundbreaking approaches to career transition that are now published in five books and hundreds of articles. He has worked with those looking for a change in their careers and jobs at levels ranging from CEOs to hospital orderlies. He has developed numerous seminars and workshops to complement his individual coaching for helping others with making career and life transitions.

Since the Valley’s worst job drought in 2001, Dilip has shown over 4,000 professionals globally on how to reinvent themselves or to manage their careers better. Dilip’s central theme in his practice is to help clients discover their genius and then build a value proposition around it to articulate a strong verbal brand.

 Throughout this journey, Dilip has come up with many groundbreaking practices such as an Inductive Résumé and the Genius Extraction Tool. Dilip owns two patents, has two publications in the Harvard Business Review and has led a CEO roundtable for Chief Executive on Customer Loyalty. Both Amazon and B&N list numerous reviews on his five books. Dilip is also listed in Who’s Who, has appeared several times on CNN Headline News/Comcast Local Edition, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle in its career columns. Dilip is a contributing writer to several publications. Dilip is Chairman of the Career Resource Center of the India Community Center in Milpitas and teaches two courses on career management at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension. Dilip is a sought-after speaker at public and private forums on jobs, careers, leadership challenges, and how to be an effective leader.

Biren Gandhi, Ex Studio CTO, Zynga

Biren Gandhi ( is a passionate technologist focused on creating a scalable, engaging and monetizable social/mobile web. He has been exploring, creating and deploying some cutting-edge products and technologies as part of his experience that includes Facebook, Zynga and his own startup. Biren is actively involved in social entrepreneurship and community outreach initiatives in United States and in India. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Shashank Tiwari, Author & CEO of Treasury of Ideas

Shashank Tiwari is Founder & CEO of Treasury of Ideas, a technology driven innovation and value optimization company. As an experienced software developer and architect, he is adept in a multitude of technologies. He is an internationally recognized speaker, author and mentor. As an expert group member on a number of JCP (Java Community Process) specifications he has been actively participating in shaping the future of Java. He is also an common voice in the NoSQL and Cloud Computing space and a recognized expert in the RIA community. Currently, he passionately builds high performance scalable applications and advises many on Cloud Computing, NoSQL, RIA and mobile application adoption. His clients range from large financial service corporations to brilliant startups, whom he helps translate cutting edge ideas into reality. He is also actively engaged in training and mentoring developers and architects in leading edge technology. He is the author of a number of books and articles, including Advanced Flex 3 (Apress, 2008), Professional BlazeDS (Wiley, 2009), Advanced Flex 4 (APress, 2010) and Professional NoSQL (Wiley, 2011). He lives with his wife and two sons in Palo Alto, CA. More information about him can be accessed at his website.

Paul Chen, Director Business Development, PapayaMobile

As Director of Business Development at PapayaMobile, Paul Chen is responsible for building the ecosystem of game developers that support the Papaya social network for Android devices.  Prior to joining PapayaMobile, Paul served as Product Manager for NVIDIA’s line of Tegra application processors.  Paul has also held various engineering roles at Advanced Micro Devices and covered the technology sector as an investment banking analyst for Salomon Smith Barney.  Paul received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and his M.B.A. from Columbia University

Anand Kamannavar, Associate Investment manager, Applied Ventures, Applied Materials

Anand Kamannavar joined Applied Ventures in 2006 and has over 13 years of experience in the technology and venture capital industry. At Applied Ventures, Mr. Kamannavar focuses on identifying and managing investments in area of Cleantech, Semiconductors, Materials and India. Mr. Kamannavar serves as Applied's board observer in Tessolve and Iosil Energy.

Prior to joining Applied Ventures, Mr. Kamannavar worked at Atlas Ventures and Arch Development Partners looking at startups in the broader Cleantech, Internet, Web 2.0, Media, Software and Medical sectors. Prior to his career in venture capital, Anand held various hardware engineering and business development roles with Hewlett-Packard's server group in Richardson, TX where he was awarded key US patents. Anand co-founded startup - Precision Information Systems which to date provides financial data and tools to leading financial institutions like Ameritrade, New York Life and Intuit.

Mr. Kamannavar is a frequent panelist and judge at industry conferences and mentor to several startups. He received MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and holds graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering from NIT-Allahabad

Bala Sahejpal, IT Director, Juniper Networks

Bala Sahejpal is an IT Director in Juniper Networks. She leads the Enterprise wide Business Intelligence initiatives. Before Juniper Networks, she has worked for CMC and Sun Microsystems. She has significant experience in building Data warehouse and Business Intelligence solutions.


Bala Sahejpal has a Masters in Computer Applications from Gujarat University, India and has completed certification courses in the field of Data warehouses and Data mining from UCSC and Stanford University.