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Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”

Updated September 10

Fighting for equality: An Indian with 'arrows in his back'

"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.

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September 3

Fighting aging work force: Why teaching grandmothers to code isn't a crazy idea

Writing code   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.

August 21

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Changing Silicon Valley's frat boy culture, part 2

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.

August 18

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Part 1, inside Silicon Valley's boys club

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

August 5

Premium Lock Why we should believe the dreamers - not the experts

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

August 1

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: America's crazy, upside-down immigration system

Immigration debate 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.

Updated July 29

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: We're heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores. The catch? There won't be much work for human beings, writes former Triangle entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.

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Updated July 24

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa blasts Twitter's 'proud' response to diversity report

Former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, now an academic and an outspoken defender of immigration reform as well as increasing corporate diversity, blasts Twitter for how the company responded to its disclosure of abysmal minority employment statistics. "To say they are proud is disgusting," Wadhwa says - via Twitter.

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July 17

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: The most powerful way to create innovation is ...

Vivek Wadhwa Remember what drove Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic? Competition for prizes can drive significant innovation. Unlike traditional venture-capital firms, which back one idea, specific competitions inspire multiple solutions -- often leading to new industries. Such competitions do this by setting a specific target that several teams strive toward.

Updated July 14

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: How today's technology is rapidly catching up to Star Trek

Many of the technologies that we saw in Star Trek are beginning to materialize, and ours may actually be better than Starfleet's. Best of all, we won't have to wait 300 years, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa.

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June 30

Premium Lock Come on, Silicon Valley, you can do better than this

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa: We've built enough messaging and photo-sharing apps, and have bigger opportunities now. It is possible for the young and the old to solve real problems, to great effect. It is time for Silicon Valley to step up its game and graduate from the minor league.

June 23

Premium Lock Chile teaches the world a lesson about innovation

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa: There surely are lessons for regions all over the world in Start-Up Chile's success. To foster economic growth and innovation, the focus needs to be on people.

June 16

Premium Lock Cantor's loss won't kill immigration reform; it was already dead

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa: There are debates about whether comprehensive immigration reform is dead because of the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primaries. The fact is that it never had any hope.

Updated June 9

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: How the nature of competition has changed

Vivek Wadhwa What industries will change and who the winners will be in this era of exponential technologies are uncertain. The only things that are certain are that we are in for dramatic changes, and that the old rules don't apply any more.

June 3

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Google, other tech firms must do more to hire female engineers

Opinion: The technology industry has been fighting hard not to reveal race and gender diversity data -- especially for its engineering teams -- because it has a lot to be embarrassed about. The technology industry simply must do more to diversify, says entrepreneur and author Vivek Wadhwa.

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Updated May 29

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Google shakes up Silicon Valley with diversity disclosure

Opinion: Google has just done something that is shaking up Silicon Valley: it has disclosed its employment-diversity numbers. So far, other leading tech companies have refused to release these data, claiming that the secret was a matter of competitive advantage. Of course it was really about competitive embarrassment and shame.

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Updated May 16

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa blasts VCs in crowd for 'sexism, racism, and exclusion of the old' - and earns applause

Be it sexism, racism or ageism in the venture capital industry - both among the ranks of the professional investors and among the companies in which they invest - there is no louder or better-known critic these days that former Triangle entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa. He entered the lions' den on Wednesday at the National Venture Capital Association's annual conference and delivered his characteristic no sacred cows barrage of criticism. To his surprise, he wasn't hit by a rotten tomato. In fact, he was applauded.

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Updated May 14

Premium Lock Forget myths: Here's what it actually takes to make it as an entrepreneur

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion: A young male who was born to be an entrepreneur drops out from a computer-science program at a prestigious university. He meets a powerful venture capitalist who is so enamored with his idea that he gives him millions of dollars to build his technology. Then comes the multi-billion-dollar IPO. That's the Hollywood version of Silicon Valley. But it is as far from reality as is Disneyland.

May 6

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Large companies need to disrupt themselves or be disrupted

Vivek Wadhwa Technologies are advancing so rapidly that most industry leaders will be fighting for survival before they know it. The challengers will come out of nowhere, possibly from start-ups in other industries. Note how Amazon.com, a technology company, disrupted bookstores; how Apple shook up the music industry; and how mapping apps on cellphones have displaced GPS devices. The technology industry is increasingly disrupting itself.

April 29

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Laws and ethics can't keep pace with technology

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion: Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use social media to filter out job applicants based on their beliefs, looks, and habits. Laws forbid lenders from discriminating on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality. Yet they can refuse to give a loan to people whose Facebook friends have bad payment histories, if their work histories on LinkedIn don't match their bios on Facebook, or if a computer algorithm judges them to be socially undesirable. These regulatory gaps exist because laws have not kept up with advances in technology.

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