Bill Gates felicitated with Lifetime Achievement First Generation Entrepreneur Award at the TiE Global Summit 2020

  • The award was part of the inaugural TiE Global Awards that was Chaired by Kali Gadiraju, Board Member of TiE Global, and presented during the TiE Global Summit
  • A jury chaired by N R Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys Technologies, selected Bill Gates in recognition of his lifetime of work including his contributions to nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation as well as for his humanitarian efforts around the world
  • Sridhar Pinnapureddy – Chair of TiE Global Summit, as well as the CEO and Founder of Cloud4C and CtrlS – presented the award to Mr Gates on the third day of the virtual Summit

Singapore, 11 December 2020 – Technologist, business leader and philanthropist Bill Gates was presented with the Lifetime Achievement First Generation Entrepreneur Award at the inaugural the TiE Global Awards held at the TiE Global Summit (TGS) 2020. The award, presented by TGS Chair Sridhar Pinnapureddy, celebrates Mr Gates’ body of work that laid the foundation for today’s entrepreneurs and technology innovators, and his philanthropic efforts towards making the world a better place for those often overlooked by society.

“Mr Gate’s contributions are ginormous and invaluable, to list them out will be impossible. But the greatest, we at TiE feel is, that his work in computing has empowered anyone who uses a PC or any devices. His dream of the era of home computing when they were just used by big corporates, governments led to this day. Today, we have a mini-computer in the form of smartphones in our pockets. His work has impacted the way the world works,” said Mahavir Sharma, TiE Global Chair.

Co-Founder of Microsoft Corporation as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Gates was chosen for the award by a jury of eminent business leaders, chaired by N R Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys Technologies. Other members of the jury include professor Jagdish Sheth; Charles H. Kellstadt, Professor of Business at Emory University; and Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, President and Chairman of Sparta Group; as well as entrepreneur and author Ping Fu, who is also Co-Founder and Board Director of Geomagic. The TiE Global Awards was chaired by Kali Gadiraju, Board Member of TiE Global.

Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Chair of TGS, and CEO and Founder of Cloud4C and CtrlS, said: “More than establishing a pioneering company that brought computers to homes, Mr Gates has helped build a global business ecosystem that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. So many of today’s entrepreneurs have their roots in Microsoft and Bill Gates has inspired generations of entrepreneurs, including myself on my own entrepreneurial journey to establish Cloud4C and CtrlS.

“While we are all well-versed with Mr Gate’s entrepreneurial achievements, I am further in awe of his philanthropic work, working selflessly to make the world a better place. It is heartening to see the positive impact of the Foundation globally, and I look forward to seeing further results of all the good work being done to address health issues and poverty around the world.”
TGS 2020 brought together various industry pioneers and entrepreneurs to discuss pertinent issues such as leadership, innovation, sustainable business and impact of emerging technologies. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 marked the first time in which the Summit was held virtually. Cloud4C and CtrlS were the main sponsors and organisers of this year’s Summit, working closely with the TiE Hyderabad Chapter.

The Summit was Chaired by Sridhar Pinnapureddy – who is also the CEO and Founder of cloud managed solutions provider Cloud4C (a multinational cloud managed solutions provider) and CtrlS (a global IT solutions provider) – who has spearheaded over 200 innovations including most energy-efficient Tier-4 datacenters, DR as a service, 4Copy Cloud, Banking Community Cloud (Bank in a Box) and ERP-(enterprise resource planning)-as-a-service, among others.

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About TiE Global
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. TiE Global, is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship around the World and currently has 15,000 members in 61 chapters across 14 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, it’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

About Cloud4C
Cloud4C, a Singapore based company, is a preferred Cloud Evolution Partner to 3500 enterprises including 60 of Fortune 500 companies. Cloud4C has over 2000 certified cloud experts with presence across 25 countries managing mission critical workloads across public, private and hybrid cloud platforms. Cloud4C is a leading Cybersecurity provider that helps businesses combat cybercrime, protect data and reduce security risk. Adopting the philosophy of “Secure by Design”, Cloud4C offers a comprehensive portfolio of Managed Security Services, robust security frameworks, consulting and professional services, and technologies and tools to protect data, Cloud4C helps businesses embrace digital transformation securely. For more information, please visit:

About CtrlS
CtrlS is Asia’s Largest Rated 4 Hyperscale Data Center provider, serving 60 of the Fortune 500 Companies including 4,000 customers worldwide. Emerging as the World’s Largest Rated 4 Hyperscale data center, it operates one million square feet of data center space spread across seven data centers located in Mumbai, Noida, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, recording zero downtime since inception.


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