Examining U.S.-India Relations: Naren Gupta Legacy Series Half-Day Conference
Part of Asia Society Northern California's Naren Gupta Two-Year Legacy Program Series
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, June 23, 2022 — Asia Society Northern California hosted a half-day conference in Silicon Valley as part of its Naren Gupta Two-Year Legacy Program Series on the topic Examining U.S.-India Relations.
Asia Society Northern California's Naren Gupta Legacy Series pays tribute to the life and legacy of its late Advisory Board Member, Naren Gupta (1948-2021) and is a two-year series of programs focused on the topics closest to Naren's heart: business, entrepreneurship, and cultivating the next generation of innovative leaders, especially those hailing from India.
Conference topics included examining the current state of U.S.-India relations, cross-border investments and social entrepreneurship, the future of the India-Silicon Valley corridor, and the evolution of business and digital policy in India.
- Satya Bajpai, Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking, Citizens Bank
- Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners
- Sumir Chadha, Co-Founder and Managing Director, WestBridge Capital
- Kumar Ganapathy, Founder, Enterprise Labs and CEO, Akridata
- Tanvi Madan, Director of The India Project, Brookings Institution
- Anita Manwani, Founder and CEO, Carobar Business Solutions and President-Elect, TiE Silicon Valley
- Nikhil Pahwa, Founder and Editor, MediaNama
- Priya Rajan, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
- MR Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora and Co-Founder, Sand Hill Group
- Venktesh Shukla, Founder & Managing Partner, Monta Vista Capital
- Barry Taylor, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Asia Society Northern California Advisory Board Member
- Margaret Conley, Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Westbridge Capital, Sumir Chadha, Nexus Venture Partners, Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Sandeep Singhal, Melissa Ma, Jack Wadsworth, Asia Alternatives, Rob Cox, SVB, Bill Draper
Tanvi Madan, director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., gave the opening keynote. In her speech, she focused on how the impact of geopolitical dynamics — particularly India-China tensions and the resultant deepening of India-U.S. ties and the Quad — are shaping India’s strategic, economic, and technology choices, as well as the potential opportunities and challenges this presents for U.S. businesses. (52 min., 37 sec.)
Advisory Board Member Barry Taylor gave remarks honoring Naren Gupta and reflected on their friendship and business relationship. (3 min., 19 sec.)
Community partner, TiE Silicon Valley, organized a panel discussion on cross-border investments. Participants include Venktesh Shukla, founder and managing partner of Monta Vista Capital; Kumar Ganapathy, founder of Enterprise Labs and CEO of Akridata; and Satya Bajpai, managing director of technology investment banking at Citizens Bank. Priya Rajan, managing director at Silicon Valley Bank, moderated the discussion and Anita Manwani, president-elect of TiE Silicon Valley, gave introductory remarks. (49 min., 34 sec.)
Community partner, Indiaspora, organized an expert panel discussion on the future of India-Silicon Valley ties. Participants included Jishnu Bhattacharjee, managing director of Nexus Venture Partners; Sumir Chadha, co-founder and managing director of WestBridge Capital and Asia Society Northern California advisory board member; and Priya Rajan, managing director at Silicon Valley Bank. MR Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora and co-founder of Sand Hill Group, moderated the discussion. (56 min., 4 sec.)
In the final session, Nikhil Pahwa, founder and editor of MediaNama and Asia 21 class of 2019, gives the closing keynote on the evolution of digital business and policy in India. Pahwa is a journalist who has covered India for the past 16 years. He shared his point of view on investment, IPOs, finance technology, and digital policy from inside India. (58 min., 38 sec.)