CAMBRIDGE, MA—TiE-Boston, the second largest chapter of TiE-Global, the biggest global not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship, has elected Praveen Tailam as its new president for a two-year term, which starts on April 1.
TiE-Boston officials said that this year TiE-Boston had a two-way contest for the position of the president of the organization. Pallavi Singh, founder and CEO of Beacon Innovation Group, an intellectual property and innovation firm which provides support to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, lost to Tailam.
Tailam serves as managing director of TiE-Angels Boston and Singh leads TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program. Singh also serves as co-chair of TiE-Boston’s annual TiE StartupCon 2016.
“I was very pleased to see two qualified and dedicated, long-time volunteers and charter members interested in leading TiE-Boston. Pallavi is a leader of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program and TiEStartupCon (the largest startup conference in the Northeast). Praveen leads TiEAngels (angel investment group) and has been an avid supporter of many other programs such as TiEScaleup (a focused mentoring for early stage companies), social events and TiE Global activities,” said TiE-Boston’s outgoing President Gaugarin Oliver. “The charter members elected Praveen and with his many years of experience supporting TiE-Boston, his connections in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem and his vision to take TiE-Boston to the next level, he will be a terrific president of TiE-Boston to continue the momentum.”
Since 1997, TiE-Boston has been supporting entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. TiE-Boston is a chapter of TiE-Global, the largest global not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. TiE-Boston members leverage the global network of members from 61 chapters in 18 countries. TiE has 12,000 members throughout the world, and has contributed over $250 billion in wealth creation.
Tailam is an entrepreneur, investor, start-up advisor, conference speaker, mentor, and philanthropist with strong connections to TiE. As managing director of TiE Angels Boston, he handles operations including deal sourcing and closing, partnership development, and investor education and management.
Through his ties with universities and incubators, Tailam offers help and support to promising young entrepreneurs. He co-founded TiE Angels Alliance, a consortium of 15 TiE Angel groups from all across the country. TiE Angels Boston works with TiE Global. In addition, he co-manages multiple dental practices in New Hampshire and Maine in partnership with Aspen Dental, a leading nationwide Dental Service Organization.
Tailam founded Redtail Consulting, a Boston area IT consulting practice, in 2006 and managed the business through 2012. Additionally, he has managed enterprise scale messaging systems for companies in the technology, banking, and insurance sectors, including IBM, Putnam Investments and Wellpoint BCBS.
He holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University. He enjoys music and travel and is an avid golfer, cricketer and squash player. A resident of the Greater Boston area for almost 22 years, Tailam currently lives in Nashua, NH, with his wife and two children.