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Get Your Tickets for the 2022 TiE Boston Gala

Parking & Dress Code

- Parking will be at the Prudential Garage, and discount parking is available for registered gala attendees (TiE Boston Staff will help validate the parking ticket.) - Dress code is Black Tie Optional and/or Indian Formal.  

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Geeta Aiyer

President & Founder
Boston Common Asset Management

This prestigious award celebrates a person who has pushed the boundaries of what is possible. Ms. Aiyer has significantly contributed towards driving market efficiencies and improving corporate behavior through a gender and ESG lens. In 2003, she founded Boston Common Asset Management, an independent, women-led and majority women- and employee-owned ESG-Integrated global equity manager with $4.3 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022. Read more

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David Friend is the co-founder and CEO of Wasabi, a revolutionary cloud storage company. David’s first company, ARP Instruments developed synthesizers used by Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and even helped Steven Spielberg communicate with aliens providing that legendary five-note communication in Close Encounters of the ThirdKind.Friend founded or co-founded five other companies: Computer Pictures Corporation – an early player in computer graphics, Pilot Software – a company that pioneered multidimensional databases for crunching large amounts of customer data, Faxnet – which became the world’s largest provider of fax-to-email services, Sonexis – a VoIP conferencing company, and immediately prior to Wasabi, what is now one of the world’s leading cloud backup companies, Carbonite. David is a respected philanthropist and is on the board of Berklee College of Music, where there is a concert hall named in his honor, and serves as president of the board of Boston Baroque, an orchestra and chorus that has received 7 Grammy nominations. An avid mineral and gem collector he donated Friend Gem and Mineral Hall at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. David graduated from Yale and attended the Princeton University Graduate School of Engineering where he was a David Sarnoff Fellow.


Our 2022
Award Winners


Venture Capitalist of the Year

Jamie Goldstein

Founder and Partner, Pillar VC

Jamie Goldstein is Partner at Pillar VC, a firm he co-founded with leaders of many of Boston’s most important companies, including DraftKings, Wayfair, Ginkgo Bioworks and Circle. While at Pillar, he also co-founded Petri, a program supporting pre-seed biotech companies, and the melon, a crypto incubation studio. Goldstein previously spent 18 years at North Bridge Venture Partners. Prior to North Bridge, he was a Co-Founder of PureSpeech, a speech recognition company. Goldstein is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. During his career, Goldstein has backed dozens of Boston-based startups, including many spinouts from MIT and Harvard. Goldstein invests in seed-stage companies at inception, and was the first investor in Algorand, an MIT blockchain spinout that has grown to a $3B market cap. His seed investments at Pillar include Jellyfish, an engineering management tool, PathAI, a diagnostic tool powered by machine learning, Asimov, a genetic circuits company and Desktop Metal. He also led later-stage investments in Circle and PillPack.


Rising Entrepreneur of the Year

Uroš Kuzmanović

CEO and Co-Founder, BioSens8

Uroš Kuzmanović, the CEO and Co-Founder of BioSens8 and a Boston University BME PhD candidate, engineers novel biosensors to provide continuous insight into our body’s state. He is the winner of the TiE Boston University Pitch competition in the summer of 2022, and later went on to be the TiE Global Champion. His interest in understanding the world around him led him to study molecular and cellular biology and chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In contrast to learning only from textbooks, he was excited by the idea of partaking in work which was completely novel, so he joined a chemical biology research lab early on. There, he worked to discover and characterize an organic molecule which alleviates symptoms of myotonic dystrophy. However, it was his participation in iGEM, a yearlong undergraduate synthetic biology competition, which made him realize the power of engineering microbes and how to take an entrepreneurial perspective on science. It was a ‘lightbulb moment’ in a sense where he understood the immense impact which synthetic biology could make in a multitude of fields such as medicine, agriculture, climate change, and more. He pursued that passion and continued with applied research, joining Boston University to work with Prof. James Galagan for his MS and PhD. Kuzmanović has been growing BioSens8 since the summer of 2020 and more formally for the past two years as the CEO. During that time, Kuzmanović has raised over $500,000 entirely in non-dilutive funding, in part thanks to the TiE Boston organization, interviewed over 70 customers, worked directly with lawyers on 4 patents (including 2 which have been granted), gathered support from Fortune 500 companies, amassed a large network of advisors and mentors, and moved the company into a premiere incubator space in Cambridge, MA.


Entrepreneur of the Year

Aman Narang

Co-President, Founder, COO and Director, Toast, Inc.

Aman Narang is President, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and a Director of Toast, Inc. Prior to Toast, he worked on innovation initiatives at Endeca (now Oracle). Narang spearheaded the development of Endeca’s business intelligence platform as well as their mobile commerce platform, each of which became major business units. He holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from MIT and currently leads innovation and business development initiatives at Toast.


TiE Boston President's Award

Dr. Dinesh Patel, MD

Co-Founder, TiE Boston; Emeritus Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery, Mass General Hospital

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dinesh Patel, MD is Emeritus Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Mass General Hospital and a co-founder of TiE Boston. He is also a founding member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Association of Arthroscopy. He has received many awards internationally for his pioneering work in Arthroscopic surgery, and has been invited by numerous governments to assist in establishing orthopedic best practices and training in arthroscopy, including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Indonesia and Egypt. As an entrepreneur, Dr Patel had the opportunity to revolutionize the medical device industry with the launch of Acufex Microsurgical which has generated a billion dollars in revenue since inception in the 1980s. In the 80s, he was selected to be Chairman of the Board of Registration in Medicine in Massachusetts and an elected member of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He was also the founding president of IMANE and a former President of IAFPE. Within Tie-Atlantic he founded the TiE Life Sciences section. He has received numerous awards from the Government of Gujarat, the State of Massachusetts, Rotary International, and the global medical community.


Award for Corporate Excellence

Rohit Prasad

SVP and Head Scientist, Amazon Alexa

Rohit Prasad is senior vice president and head scientist for Amazon Alexa, leading a multidisciplinary team to make Alexa a trusted AI assistant, advisor, and companion for everyone, everywhere. His team’s product, engineering, and scientific advances have driven the adoption of Alexa by millions of customers worldwide. In his previous roles at Amazon, Prasad directed areas such as far-field speech recognition, natural language understanding, and the underlying machine learning technologies that were instrumental in launching Amazon Echo’s new paradigm of hands-free interaction with ambient devices. Prasad and his team are now focused on advancing generalizable AI, combining the best of human-like intelligence with machine learning to accelerate the future of ambient intelligence – where the underlying AI seamlessly blends into your environment, connects heterogeneous services and devices, and adapts on your behalf to provide greater utility. Prior to Amazon, Prasad was deputy manager and senior director of the Speech, Language and Multimedia Business Unit at Raytheon BBN Technologies. In that role, he directed U.S. Government-sponsored research and development initiatives in speech-to-speech translation, psychological health analytics, document image translation and STEM learning. Prasad is a named author on more than 100 scientific articles and holds several patents. He received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Meet the Jury of TiE Boston
2022 Annual Awards


Anu Chitrapu

Senior Vice President,
Bank of America

Past President of TIE Boston

Ms. Chitrapu is Senior Vice-President and Executive at Bank of America. She serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Asian Leadership Network in Boston. Ms Chitrapu has been involved with TiE Boston since 2004 and served as President between 2020 and 2022. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Science, Boston and on the advisory boards of Saheli and Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN). She is also an active member of several Boston based non-profit organizations including American India Foundation (AIF). She is passionate about women empowerment, eliminating gender based violence, education for girls and protecting the environment. It was this passion that led to the creation of Nyrvaana, a social enterprise with a mission to save fabric from landfill while providing employment to disadvantaged women. She recently created You Can Be, a book for young girls. It inspires them to pursue any profession they like, by showing them examples of accomplished women role models. Ms Chitrapu holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Yash Shah

Cofounder and Managing Director, Jeavio

President, TiE Boston

Entrepreneur, investor, and tech executive Mr. Shah is the 13th President of TiE Boston, one of the region’s largest and leading-edge organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists. In addition, he is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, product advisor, and business executive with over 25 years of IT and software industry experience. He is also on the advisory boards of several software startups around the world. As a dynamic and successful entrepreneur, Mr. Shah co-founded Jeavio, a venture services firm and plays a critical leadership role in its vision and strategy. He is also the Chief Technology Officer of SevOne, which was recently sold to IBM. In addition, he is a Founding Member of the TiE Boston Foundation, an active member of TiE Boston Angels, and a TiE ScaleUp Mentor. His association with TiE Boston demonstrates longevity of 22 years as a Charter Member and he has served multiple terms on the Board. Mr Shah has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.

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Venkat Srinivasan, PhD

Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Mr. Srinivasan is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Innospark Ventures is an evergreen venture fund investing in early stage AI led startups. He brings deep expertise in AI and computational algorithms to the firm, especially natural language understanding, combined with deep functional knowledge in multiple domains including operations research, finance and accounting. He has founded several successful AI-led startups, including eCredit, Corporate Fundamentals and Rage Frameworks. More recently he has founded EnglishHelper (using AI to solve illiteracy at scale), GyanAI (first explainable natural language understanding engine), Creda Health (Digital Health Assistant for continuum of care) and PrismX (automated software development platform). Mr. Srinivasan was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by TiE Boston in 2017. He holds 9 patents, has published over 30 research papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, has co-edited two books and is the author of a book titled, The Intelligent Enterprise in the Era of Big Data (Wiley, 2017). He has strongly advocated for and believes that successful AI-led transformation will be characterized by explainability, traceability, context awareness and the ability to learn from sparse data environments. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Srinivasan served as an Associate Professor at the D’More-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.


Meena Subramanyam, Ph.D.

Vice President and Global Program Leader, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Ms. Subramanyam is Vice President and Global Program Leader in the Oncology therapeutic area at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge MA. In this capacity, she oversees the strategic development of therapeutic assets from pre-clinical through clinical development, for regulatory approval and commercialization in multiple solid tumor indications. She also serves as the Portfolio Lead for the COBRA Immune Cell Engager platform. Previously, Ms. Subramanyam was Vice President at Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Global Biomarker Discovery and Development Division and Head of the Translational Sciences and Technology group. She has served as President and Chair of the Board, Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) and as Chair of the National Biotechnology Conference sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). She has won several leadership awards, including the Luminary Award from the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and the Global Leader Award from AAPS. Ms. Subramanyam, a charter member of TiE Boston, currently serves on the Board of Portal Instruments Inc., the National Board of Ekal Vidyalaya, USA and the New England Board of American India Foundation.


Praveen Tailam

Founder, Redtail Consulting

Former Chairman, TiE Global Board of Trustees

Past President of TIE Boston

Mr. Tailam is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor, speaker, mentor, and philanthropist with strong connections to entrepreneurial ecosystems in USA and India. Praveen was the Chairman of the TiE Global Board of Trustees. TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) fosters entrepreneurship worldwide with almost 60 chapters. Before becoming the chair, he served as the President of the TiE Boston chapter and bringing was the President of the TiE Boston chapter. Mr. Tailam is knowledgeable about trends in business and technology and passionate about strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He frequently engages with investors and industry experts on the best place to deploy intellectual and investment capital. Through his ties with universities, incubators, and accelerators, he offers help and support to promising young entrepreneurs. Praveen was instrumental in establishing and building TiE Global Angels, an early-stage investment group, inducting over 500 angel investors worldwide and investing in many sectors, including technology, healthcare, cleantech, social enterprise, etc. Mr. Tailam consistently advises and mentors startups, invests in promising startups, speaks at conferences, and judges business plan competitions at various universities and incubators. He co-manages multiple dental practices in New Hampshire and Maine in partnership with Aspen Dental, a leading nationwide Dental Service Organization. He founded Redtail Consulting, a Boston area IT consulting practice. Additionally, before starting businesses, he managed enterprise-scale messaging systems for companies in the technology, banking, and insurance sectors, including IBM, Putnam Investments, and Wellpoint BCBS. Mr. Tailam holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University. He enjoys music and travel and is an avid golfer, cricketer, and squash player.

Food & Dining


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EMCEES: Aditi Taylor and Shirish Nimgaonkar


Aditi Taylor (MC)

Aditi Taylor has been very active in the New England community serving in leadership roles for various community organizations, including as President of the New England Marathi Mandal and the India Association of Greater Boston. She has been widely recognized in various forums for her leadership and contributions to the community. She has been on the board of Tech Goes Home (TGH) a non-profit organization working towards bridging the digital divide. On the artistic side, Aditi has also directed several theatre productions. On the professional side, Aditi Taylor is a Senior Vice President at MFS Investment Management overseeing Trade Support and Broker Relations. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Boston University MET Aditi holds an MBA from Bentley University, MA and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Mumbai, India.


Shirish Nimgaonkar (MC)

Shirish Nimgaonkar will conceptualize and coordinate the entertainment for the evening, Shirish is technology entrepreneur and a performing musician. He is also the founder of the music band “Kashish”, is a composer and a classically trained singer and has performed extensively in the US and in India with several professional musicians (including from the Berklee College of Music). He has enabled fundraising for several non-profit organizations such as AIF, CRY and TiE. On the professional side, Shirish is a technology entrepreneur and runs 2 predictive automation software companies with several Fortune 1000 companies as its customers. He is on the board of TiE Boston and has mentored several startups through the ScaleUp program. He is also a competitive sailor and enjoys mixing cocktails. He has a B. Tech from IIT Bombay, MS from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

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CONcept ARTists

The CONcept ARTists, also known as ConArt, debuted in 2011 and for years have performed throughout the Northeast, sharing their multitude of styles and flavors. In 2016, ConArt hosted its first self-produced showcase, CONcentrate On The ARTistry, and has turned it into an annual celebration of New England's dance and recording artists since. Always with more on the horizon, ConArt continues to build on their legacy by providing high quality performances, instruction, and creative services.

Boston Bollywood

Founded in 2016, Boston Bollywood has performed over 140 acts to sold out audiences and hosted Dance and Film Industry experts like Farah Khan, Jainil Mehta and Himanshiu Dulani. It aims is to spread the love for South Aisan culture in the New England area and beyond. Boston Bollywood offers dance instruction to adult dancers including wedding dances, workshops and performance opportunities, The dances that will be presented at the TiE gala will be a combination of routines that were presented at the World of Dance Boston 2022 and the routines that were performed at season 10 of Boston Bollywood. They are representative of the diversity in South Asian culture.

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Kashish: Live Band
Vocals: Neha Varma, Shirish Nimgaonkar, Arina Bagaryakova

Founded by musicians trained in Indian and western classical music, Kashish members have performed extensively across the US, Europe and India. Kashish includes performing musicians from the Berklee College of Music with expertise in different genres of music. The group members also share a deep passion for social causes. Their music transcends the boundaries of cultures, generations and time. For the gala Kashish will perform energizing Indian and English dance melodies.


Neha Varma has been trained in Indian classical and western music and has performed extensively across the US and India. She was featured amongst the top 5 finalists on a reality show, an Indian version of the American Idol and has also recorded songs in various Indian languages. On the professional side, she has a background in public health research and is an Epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, working on analyzing data for clinical trials focused on Infectious diseases research.


Shirish Nimgaonkar is the founder of the music band “Kashish”, is a composer and a classically trained singer. Shirish earned a Bachelors degree in Indian classical music and has been the winner of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Competition (similar to the American Idol) in the Northeast US, He has performed extensively in the US and in India with several professional musicians (including from the Berklee College of Music) and has enabled fundraising for several non-profit organizations. On the professional side, Shirish is a technology entrepreneur and runs 2 predictive automation software companies. He is on the board of TiE Boston and has mentored several startups through the ScaleUp program. He is also a competitive sailor and enjoys mixing cocktails.


Arina Bagaryakovais a vocalist, poet and composer from Russia and currently at the Berklee College of Music. Her sound can be described as a blend of Russian folk music, jazz and pop. She has performed extensively across Europe and the US and in competitive television productions including “The Voice” Season 7 and “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” 2013. Currently, Arina is cultivating an original project that would include her own music written both in Russian and English.


Sponsors & Partners

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Each year, TiE Boston honors and celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurs at our end of year gala. Awardees are selected through their remarkable contribution to move the needle forward in creating or redefining the industry by means of investment, mentoring, education and business creativity. 


Awards are presented across several categories such as venture capital, innovation, healthcare, B2B solutions, philanthropy, and value creation. Past awardees have included Niraj Shah, Founder & CEO of Wayfair, Yvonne Hao, COO & CFO of PillPack, Dr. Amar Sawhney, Founder & CEO of Incept, and Kris Canekeratne, Chairman & CEO of Virtusa.