Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”
In the business world, the rise of mobile platforms is dramatically transforming many industries, from transportation (think Uber and Lyft versus taxis) to banking and photography. Consumers everywhere now have access to functionality on their smartphones that makes traditional taxis, bank branches and cameras redundant. This is rapidly changing the competitive landscape in plenty of markets and creating huge headaches for incumbents. So it's quite surprising that while there has been an outpouring of innovation in consumer apps, there has been relatively little imagination displayed so far in the world of business apps.
Opinion: What has been holding solar back so far has ostensibly been the cost of storage, says former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa. Technologies such as batteries were prohibitively expensive, large and cumbersome. Residential solar installations needed to feed into the electric grid during the day and to buy back energy during the night. This is a problem that Tesla has just fixed, though, with its Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Technology is enabling a possible revolution in education. I am not talking about the much-hyped Massive Open Online Courses. To me, these are as imaginative as the first TV shows in which radio stars stood in front of a camera with a microphone in hand. I am talking about a complete transformation of the way teaching is done, with the computer taking the role of the lecturer, the teacher becoming a coach, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.
Former Triangle entrepreneur-turned-academic and award-winning author, has been an outspoken proponent for women and minorities in the technology industry for years. But after a dispute with WNYC, a National Public Radio affiliate, Wadhwa says he is stepping out of the debate about women in tech. In this column, he explains his reasons.
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic and award-winning author Vivek Wadhwa believes progress is being made by tech companies when it comes to improving diversity.
Dreaming of traveling to the moon? Entrepreneurs just may make that dream a reality. The good news is that governments no longer have a monopoly on space exploration. In two or three decades, we will have entrepreneurs taking us on private spaceflights to the moon. That is what has become possible.
Vivek Wadhwa: Just as an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs that ruled the Earth and made way for small furry mammals, a new wave of planetary disruptions is about to occur. The new asteroid is called "exponential technology."
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, now an academic and widely published author, has been an outspoken advocate of immigration reform. And President Obama's recently announced plan does much to help the high-tech industry, says Wadhwa who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India.
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, author and WRAL TechWire contributor Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on the Uber debate. and the rise of the "sharing economy." Despite recent controversies, Wadhwa says Uber may actually be doing humanity a service - by paving new digital trails.
Analysis: It's time for the political quagmire and stalemate to give way to compromise and good governance. Immigration reform surely cannot wait. President Obama should turn his party's Senate defeat into a victory for America, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.
The next set of diversity dominoes that needs to fall is the venture-capital system, writes Vivek Wadhwa, a former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and award-winning author. This is the bastion of sexism in the technology industry. It has encouraged the frat-boy behavior by investing public funds unwisely and appointing members of their boys' clubs to company boards.
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn't last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor -- all over world -- can afford a cellular phone. The experts are saying the same about solar energy now. They are wrong.
"Innovating Women" went on sale in bookstores and online on Tuesday. It's the latest effort by Vivek Wadhwa, a former Triangle tech entrepreneur and now an academic, to bring attention to gender and racial inequity in Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large. In this post, Wadhwa, a native of India and a U.S. citizen, writes about his motivation.
Analysis: American businesses are ageing, as is the country; and this is bad for the economy, say Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan, of The Brookings Institution. They report that the share of older firms, aged 16 years or more, has increased from 23 percent in 1992 to 34 percent in 2011. Startups have become a smaller proportion of the economy, going from 15 percent to 8 percent. This is worrisome because young companies account for a disproportionate share of job growth and tend to be more innovative than older ones. The best remedy may not be what most people think it should be, writes Vivek Wadhwa.
Things are changing for the better. There is outrage at the sexism that is coming to light in Silicon Valley; solutions are being discussed and implemented; women are beginning to help each other; and the venture-capital system is looking at itself critically and mending its ways.
A few years ago, if you had asked me about Silicon Valley's gender imbalance, I would have wondered what planet you were from. That was until I moved to Silicon Valley and started noticing the gender composition of technology companies.
Vivek Wadhwa: Experts excel in looking backwards, protecting their turf, and saying what their clients want to hear. Their short-term predictions are sometimes right, but they are almost always wrong in forecasting any more-distant future.
Opinion: The recent influx of thousands of migrant children from Central America has highlighted the failure of reform efforts and gripped the nation's attention. This is a humanitarian crisis that must be resolved. But forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immigrants who have been held hostage to political wrangling, writes WRAL TechWire contributor and former Triangle technology entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa.