Vinod Khosla, Veteran Entrepreneur and Social Activist, Joins All Star Line-Up at TiECON Southwest

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Nov 01, 2006 -- TiECON announced today the addition of Vinod Khosla to speak at TiECON Southwest 2006. Mr. Khosla, of Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures, will speak at the conference on November 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA.

"We are extremely thrilled to add Vinod to our list of distinguished keynote speakers," said Nilesh Shah, Chairman of TiECON Southwest 2006. "He is a tremendously successful investor and entrepreneur that will provide a wealth of information to aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as be a leading example of community service in the areas of social and environmental advocacy."

Mr. Khosla has an extensive history as an entrepreneur and investor with a commitment to social and environmental causes. He was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems and helped to launch Daisy Systems, a pioneer in electronic design automation. Khosla is an affiliated partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. He is also the founder of Khosla Ventures, which offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital for both "for profit" and "social impact" ventures. Khosla was integral in founding a number of firms, including: NexGen, Excite, @Home Network, Juniper Networks, and Corvis. Khosla serves on the boards of EASIC (programmable ASIC platform), Infinera (optical communications), Kovio (printed electronics), Skyblue (internet PC), Spatial Photonics (Micromirror displays), Xsigo (datacenter switch) and others. In 1999, Khosla was a finalist for the World Technology Award. He is also a founding member of The Indus Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Khosla is a major advocate for the development of alternative energy sources. He is an investor in a number of firms that are involved in biofuels and bioplastics and is co-chair of the "Yes on Prop 87" initiative in California. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on Microfinance as a tool for alleviating poverty. Fortune magazine recently labeled him as one the nation's most influential ethanol advocates.

Mr. Khosla joins the list of keynote speakers already scheduled for TiECON Southwest, including:

--  Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail
--  Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal
--  Ajay Shah, former CEO of Smart Modular Technologies
--  Tim Draper, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Juvet
--  Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners
TiECON Southwest 2006 takes place on Friday November 3 and Saturday November 4 at The Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Orange County, CA.

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To attend TiECON Southwest 2006, register today at Please see website for additional details or call (818) 246-0456. Discounts for students and members of entrepreneurial and investor organizations are available.

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TiE fosters entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education. TiE is a global, not-for-profit organization with 44 chapters in ten countries and a membership base of over 10,000.

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