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How Can Technical People Climb the Corporate Ladder?

IIT Mentors Program Committee

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

San Jose , CA

How Can Technical People Climb the Corporate Ladder?

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IIT Mentors Program Presents:

How can technical people climb the corporate ladder?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:00pm


180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200

San Jose, CA 95134


Space limited to 25 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out.

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Program Details

Satya Nadella’s rise to the top job at Microsoft and the focus that his background as a technologist was a key factor in his promotion, has created a lot of buzz. This is a cause for IITians to pause and consider what it takes for technical people to succeed in corporate America.

If you are wondering ...

  • Why is it so rare for technical people to take on general management positions at large companies?
  • What does it take to be considered for and get the top job?
  • If you are a technical person and you want to become a CEO or head of a business unit, is starting your own company better than staying at a bigger company?
  • What skills do technical people need in addition to technical prowess to advance their careers?
  • How important are written and verbal communication for career advancement?
  • What are some ways technical people can have a successful and fulfilling career while still staying technical?
  • What are some of the characteristics of technical people that may be holding them back from advancing their career?
  • What role does office politics play in climbing the corporate ladder? How do you form alliances and position yourself for moving up?
  • How do you progress your personal brand and image for corporate career advancement?

..then this session is for you.


Program Summary

  • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Registration, networking and dinner
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Round table discussion and Q & A with the mentors
  • 9:00 PM Adjourn



Debu Chatterjee, CEO and CTO DxContinuum


Debu founded DxContinuum in 2012 because he believed that the growth of corporate Big Data has the key to solve the challenge every Sales Organization has – be predictable and consistent. With 25 years of experience in all things data – predictive analytics, business intelligence, distributed systems, databases, systems management, enterprise software, and security; and roles in areas of technical and business execution, strategy and delivery, global development and build vs buy decisions, he now leads DxContinuum, a company focused on solving the predictability challenges of Sales Organizations. Prior to being a startup founder, Debu was Vice President of Healthcare and Fraud Analytics at Fair Isaac. In that role, he delivered multi tenanted, multi modal deployment of highly scalable software solutions using predictive analytics to detect fraud abuse and waste in healthcare payor industry. Prior to that, Debu was at Informatica, a leading provider of enterprise data integration software, where he was fully responsible for Informatica Power Center, and the Connector suite of products. Prior to that, he worked at Oracle, where he managed and developed key technologies for the Database Server and Systems Management Products. Over 15 years, he delivered key Oracle technologies like Oracle Call Interface, Advanced Queues, Streams, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. He has been awarded 19 patents and has filed for numerous others. He was a founding Member of Enterprise Grid Alliance and has presented at other Grid Computing and Distributed Systems conferences.

Debu has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.


Pranesh Anthapur, Vice President Human Resources at Walmart Global eCommerce

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Pranesh  is a passionate professional with global experience in Human Resources and line management. He has special focus on Business Partnering HR for senior executives. Over the years, Pranesh has supported Product, Technology, Sales and Customer Support organizations. He has held additional executive roles in Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Merges & Acquisitions. Pranesh moved into a business operations role to gain experience in direct line management. Currently he is responsible for global work force plan, geo location strategy and managing offshore locations as Vice President Human Resources at Walmart Global eCommerce. Before Walmart, Pranesh has spent many years at Yahoo as VP of Global Business Solutions, COO of Yahoo India R&D and VP HR, VP of Global HR Business Partnering and Director of International HR. Before Yahoo Pranesh has held HR roles in HP, VeriFone and Perfint.

Pranesh holds Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in  Civil and Structural Engineering from PDA College of Engineering, Gulbarga, and Master in personnel Mgmt and IR, Advanved Human Resources, Strategy, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Operations, Strategy from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Piyush Gupta, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, Mentor

Piyush Gupta


After a 35 year technology career, Piyush now spends his time advising entrepreneurs and technology startups. From 2009-13, Piyush was Vice-President, Product Management at IBM with responsibility for various software product families including Information Integration, Big Data, Database & Warehousing. Piyush came to IBM via the acquisition of Exeros, where he was the founding CEO from 2004-09, growing it from inception through two rounds of financing, delivery of market leading products, acquisition of 20+ Fortune 500 customers, and the sale to IBM. During his startup career he raised about $50M in venture funds.

Prior to Exeros, Piyush was Founder/CEO of Promeria Software, a venture funded vendor of eSourcing software for the procurement of Direct Materials, sold in to Ariba during 2004. Promeria was an offshoot of, a venture funded consumer eCommerce reverse auction site that Piyush founded in 1999 and led as CEO. From 1995-97 Piyush was Vice-President Engineering at Informix Software, with cradle to grave responsibility for several product areas. From 1984-95, Piyush held various technical and management positions at IBM. Piyush started his IBM career at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center and left after delivering the pioneering EII Product, DataJoiner, (now called Federation Server) to the market in 1995. Early in his career, he spent three years developing Real-time Software at Schlumberger Corporation.

Piyush serves on the Board of Directors of Sirion Labs and Sherlock Data Science, and the Advisory Boards of BitYota, Guavus and WujiTech. He holds a B.Tech (EE) from IIT Kanpur, a Masters (CS) from UT Austin, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose , CA 95134

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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