Speakers for SVA2013


Garima Thockchom – Founder and CEO of Talligent, a provider of cloud billing solutions.

She is a high-tech engineering and marketing veteran with 19+ years of experience at VMware, Sun Microsystems, and NEC Electronics.

Formerly, Garima headed Partner Solutions Marketing at VMware and was responsible for overseeing VMware’s partner solutions in the networking, management, high availability and security technology areas. At VMware Garima was instrumental in delivering key solutions with Cisco, HP Software, CA, Symantec, McAfee and 300+ other technology partners of VMware. Thockchom was named a “2011 Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her professional achievements and contributions to the community. She is also the Marketing Chair for TiEcon, the world’s largest conference for entrepreneurs.


Sanjay Shirole -Global Alliances head for SAP Startup Focus where he evangelizes about the program to VCs, Accelerators, Incubators, Universities and other startup related organizations worldwide.

Sanjay Shirole Having 17 years of experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with two successful startups behind him, Sanjay felt it was time to give back to the entrepreneurial community. He does this in multiple ways including mentoring entrepreneurs, volunteering at non-profits like TiE Silicon Valley.


Anup Deshpande – Senior Engineering Program Manager for Homepage and Verticals Yahoo! and 2012 President for PMI® Silicon Valley Chapter

He has managed co-located as well as distributed teams from different parts of the world. His major experience has been working with fortune 100 companies providing Enterprise solutions for increasing traffic on the websites and Monetizing their products.

He has been training PMI-Agile certification for well over a year and students have high regards for him on the subject. He is also associated with UC Berkeley Extension for their Agile Program offerings.