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Bailouts don’t create jobs, startups do

Editor’s note: “This is my first column addressed to President Obama,” writes Vivek Wadhaw. “I hope he or one of his lieutenants reads this.” Wadhaw is now a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a serial entrepreneur, including the founding of Cary-based Relativity Technologies. A portion of this article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek Online. DURHAM, N.C. – The government is spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer money to bail out companies like General Motors, AIG, and...

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The grand challenge for science and math – generating excitement

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a serial entrepreneur, including the founding of Cary-based Relativity Technologies. A portion of this article is...

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Why skilled immigrants are leaving the U.S.

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a serial entrepreneur, including the founding of Cary-based Relativity Technologies. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek Online. DURHAM, N.C. – As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact: The U.S. is no longer the only land of opportunity. If we don’t want the immigrants who have fueled our innovation and economic growth, they now...

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Immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a serial entrepreneur, including the founding of Cary-based Relativity Technologies. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek Online. “With all the ‘myth-busting’ research I have been doing, I am sure that no one will be surprised to learn that I take a lot of fire from those that don’t like my findings,” I wrote in a note accompanying my latest BusinessWeek column. My reports on...

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Does venture capital spur innovation?

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He is a serial entrepreneur, including the founding of Cary-based Relativity Technologies. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek Online. DURHAM, N.C. – Policymakers often believe that venture capital is a prerequisite for regional growth and innovation. And entrepreneurs tend to think that VCs know it all. They spend huge amounts of time and energy preparing business plans for innovative startups, then pitch them to VCs who...

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U.S. schools: Not that bad

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is Wertheim Fellow at the Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University. He is a tech entrepreneur who founded two technology companies, including Relativity Technologies in Cary. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek.DURHAM, N.C. – Students have 2 million minutes—the time from the beginning of eighth grade to high school graduation—to build the intellectual foundation they’ll need for professional success. That’s the premise of a new documentary, Two Million Minutes, that’s making waves in education and political circles. The film tracks six students—two each in the U.S., India, and China—during...

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Gray matter: How to foster tech entrepreneurship

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is Wertheim Fellow at the Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University. He is a tech entrepreneur who founded two technology companies, including Relativity Technologies in Cary. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek. DURHAM, N.C. — American tech entrepreneurs are young college dropouts—often from prestigious universities—who start companies out of their garages. So goes the stereotype, reinforced by tales from the dot-com boom and examples such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. But recent research I helped lead at Duke and Harvard shows that most U.S.-born tech entrepreneurs are middle-aged...

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High-Tech Hiring: Youth Matters

Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is Wertheim Fellow at the Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University. He is a tech entrepreneur who founded two technology companies, including Relativity Technologies in Cary. This article is reprinted with permission of BusinessWeek. DURHAM – In the engineering globalization debate, the battle lines are drawn. Companies like Microsoft, Intel, and Oracle say there are severe shortages of skilled workers and they need more visas to bring in foreign workers to stay competitive. Unemployed engineers say this push for more visas is a plot to suppress wages. My own research at...

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