TEC Keynote by Charles Giancarlo ( 2012-03-15)

TEC keynote by Charles Giancarlo – leading PE investor and senior executive/board member of Cisco, Linksys, Avaya, Netflix, Accenture and Skype.


Happy New Year and 2012 plans

Dear TEC Club Members and Friends!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and yours in the New 2012!

We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year. In addition to our signature "Silicon Valley Legend" speakers talks, we'll continue presenting TEC companies to top local and international investors. If you'd like to present your company at the next Startup Pitch ( March 2012), please apply at and send your executive summary to .

With all new excitement of the upcoming 2012 year, we would like to thank you for being a part of our life and success in 2011. Let’s see where we are:

In 2011 TEC has grown to a network of 5,500+ members, held over a dozen events in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, and Moscow. Over 40 local and international investors reviewed TEC companies – and we proudly announce that at least 4 companies got funding immediately after our events, while many more are in advanced negotiations – stay tuned for good news.

We had an exceptional line up of speakers this year with the legendary Pitch Johnson, Founding Partner, Asset Management Company; Tim Draper, Managing Director; DFJ, Saeed Amidi, Founder, Plug&Play; Dave McClure, Founder, 500 Startups; Leonid Gozman, RUSNANO; Aleksander Mitrovic , Senior VP, Deutsche Telekom; Mike Cassidy, serial entrepreneur; Stan Chudnovsky, serial entrepreneur, Alexander Miroshnichenko, CTO, Virsto, and many more.

For video recordings of our major events, please check .
We are honored to have your support and are looking forward to seeing you at our future events.

We would like to express our special thanks to TEC corporate members - Deutsche Telekom, Virsto, Revvl, WilmerHale and SNR Denton for helping TEC grow and prosper.

With best wishes!
Stas Khirman & Anna Dvornikova
TEC Managing Directors


TEC Breakfast with Runa Capital 2011-10-18

TEC meeting organised for Silicon Valley Russian-speaking entrepreneurs and Moscow-base Runa Capital partner Andre Bliznyuk.

5 years of investment banking experience: headed the Russia/CIS Equity Capital Markets Group for Goldman Sachs (2010-2011) and, prior to that, UBS Investment Bank (2006-2009), focusing on IPOs and other ECM transactions in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
In 2003-2006, head of capital markets and investor relations at Sistema, leading Russian conglomerate, managing debt and equity financing deals for Sistema, MTS, Comstar, Sistema Hals and Sitronics; prior to that, worked in Wimm-Bill-Dann’s investor relations team (2001-2003)
Graduated from MSU with a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications; followed this with a graduate course in Economics/Management


TEC Club 2011-01-12 Photos

TEC events with 'Start-up King' Mike Cassidy : How to build 4 successful companies in a row


TEC Club 2010-09-09

TEC (CoolTech) Club with Steve Jurvetson - Emerging Technology Markets: From Green IT to Energy and Nanotech



In May 2010,  TEC executive team brought 20 managing partners from some of the leading Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley to Moscow, Russia, where they had an opportunity to learn more about Russian businesses and Russian technology companies and where they had been introduced to the Russian market as a destination for potential investment.

Our delegation had meetings with D. Medvedev ( President of Russian Federation) , A. Chubais ( CEO of RUSNANO), V.Vekselberg (Head of "Skolkovo" project), U. Milner ( Digital Sky Technology) and many more leaders of Russian investment and entrepreneurship communities.


What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart