Dr. Sanjaya Kumar of the Synepta Group and Venkat Meka, president of TechSol4U information technology firm, were featured speakers at the Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship Event sponsored by the city of Tracy and Silicon Valley-based T.I.E., a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals.
The thrust of the program was to encourage Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to consider Tracy and San Joaquin County for their operations.
Kumar, who holds a medical degree, lived in Tracy seven years while building Synepta Group, a health care technology organization, and Quantros, a leading provider of software and services to monitor quality and safety performance of health care providers.
He told of starting his software firm in Louisiana and then moving to Fremont. The firm’s software — at first an option for hospitals and other health-care providers — is now considered essential to conform with requirements of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, which is in its beginning stage.
Meka’s Tracy-based IT firm has been described as “one of America’s fastest-growing companies.” TechSol4U provides “strategy services to enable client firms to reach their goals, for the present and in the future.”
In introducing the program, City Manager Leon Churchill said that Tracy welcomes and encourages the growth of high-tech firms here, stressing that Tracy is a balanced community with business parks, housing, retail stores and community life.
“There are housing opportunities; there are a variety of job opportunities,” he said. “High-tech ... is already here.”
Raj Desal, executive director of T.I.E. Silicon Valley, reported that his organization is expanding its focus beyond its home base to other areas.
“We hope this partnership will continue,” he said. “We are reaching out to our entrepreneur community and encouraging them to start thinking about Tracy and San Joaquin County.”
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