TiE and Startup Chicks discuss the world of the woman entrepreneur
Vibha Rustagi speaks at a meeting hosted by The IndUS Entrepreneurs and Startup Chicks.
The Atlanta business community offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs—and a great event happened on Wednesday, February 13, when TiE Atlanta and Startup Chicks hosted four senior executives for an open panel discussion.
Over 100 attendees heard from Genevieve Bos, co-founder and CEO, IdeaString; Rick Cope, CEO, NanoLumens; Lara Hodgson, founder, CEO, NOWaccount network and Nourish, Inc.; and Vibha Rustagi, President and CEO, itaas, Inc. Jennifer Bonnett, Chief Chick of Startup Chicks moderated the panel. The mission of Startup Chicks is to connect, grow, and inspire female entrepreneurs.
The panel explored topics such as being a woman in business, ways to receive funding as a start-up, the importance of diversity, and how to find a balance in life. As Rustagi noted, “Passion, perseverance, and hard work are three key ingredients for success, whether you’re working for a corporation or you have your own business.” She, along with co-founders Jatin Desai and Jaspal Bhasin, founded itaas in 1999 when they saw a need for a software development and consulting firm to provide digital video solutions for the cable and telecommunications industry. The company has grown, over the last thirteen years, from a small start-up to having four high technology development facilities in North American and India.
With regards to diversity, the panel and the audience agreed: a diversity of gender, age, and nationality brings new ideas, innovation, and critical thinking to the workplace and is important to the entrepreneurial environment.
The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a global nonprofit organization for the advancement of entrepreneurship. At TiE, Talent, ideas, Enterprise define the core values. Entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots or interest in the Indus region founded this organization. TiE membership is open to all, with the goal of benefiting entrepreneurs. For more information visit www. Atlanta.tie.org.
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