Saturday, January 26, 2008

Announcing Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande as Keynote Speaker

We are glad to announce that Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande will be our opening keynote speaker at the 2008 NetIP Conference.

Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande is co-founder and chairman of Sycamore Networks, Inc. Dr. Deshpande is an influential technology entrepreneur and visionary whose companies and ideas often reshape entire industries. Led by Dr. Deshpande's vision and direction, Sycamore has helped create a fundamental paradigm shift in the role and architecture of the optical network.

Dr. Deshpande is also widely respected for his contributions to education and the greater community. Dr. Deshpande serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. On the community front, The Deshpande Foundation, which is the family foundation of Gururaj (“Desh”) and Jaishree Deshpande is a leading philanthropic foundation in Massachusetts and India in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development.

Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Between 1991 and 1997, Cascade grew from a one-person startup to a company with $500 million in revenue and 900 employees. In June of 1997, Cascade was acquired by Ascend Communications for $3.7 billion.

We are in the process of confirming more speakers. Subscribe to our Mailing list and our Blog RSS feed to stay tuned on the progress of the 2008 conference planning.

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