Posts tagged “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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opinion: Oculus, the latest technology startup to be acquired for billions of dollars, was based not in Silicon Valley but in Irvine, Calif. Snapchat, which is rumored to be worth billions, is based in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles area is a good place to live and has great weather, but it has no real advantage as a technology center. These companies could have been based anywhere with equal success. You can't predict which technology hub the next Oculus will come from--or whether it will be a hub at all. Anyone anywhere--whether in an incubator, garage or tent--can now build world-changing technology.
Opinion: Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and increase the quality of our lives. The good news is that technology is on its way to letting us do this.
Vivek Wadhwa: For decades, the best and brightest minds from American business schools were attracted to Wall Street. But at least since the financial crisis, high-tech companies have become an increasingly appealing destination. In this spirited debate, two heavyweight thinkers argue over the respective merits of these two diverse career paths.
Opinion: Listen to the tales of successful company founders and you will get the impression that they sailed smoothly to success. They'll lead you to believe that they did everything right and made it big because of their smarts and perhaps a little luck. Don't be fooled. Entrepreneurship is never like that.
Opinion: That an Indian can lead the world's top software company is an important milestone for Indian-Americans and for America. But the larger message is for entrepreneurs everywhere: imagine what you can achieve if you put your differences aside and start helping one another.
Analysis: Facebook's recent acquisition of WhatsApp for a record-breaking $19 billion offers Facebook a unique advantage in the rapidly growing mobile-social-media space; and its acquisition of virtual-reality headset maker Oculus gives it an edge in the future market for virtual-reality displays. Though Mark Zuckerberg may have missed the opportunity to invent his own technologies, he is now doing the smart thing by using Facebook's stock as a currency to buy what he needs.
I meet entrepreneurs all over the world who think that venture capital is a prerequisite for starting a company. They write business plans and ask for introductions to venture capitalists. I tell them that they should instead bootstrap their startups; that what would have cost millions of dollars a few years ago now costs thousands. This story is about one startup that bootstrapped, rebooted and sold for millions.
Opinion: Hardly a week goes by without the announcement of a major scientific breakthrough in genomics. This means that medicine will, within a few years, start advancing at the same pace as the Internet and software. And, we will see a revolution in health care.