Vivek Wadhwa

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Vivek Wadhwa is an Indian-American technology entrepreneur and academic.


At Credit Suisse First Boston, Wadhwa led the development of a computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tool to develop client-server model software. First Boston spent $150 million on these development efforts. The CASE technology was spun off by First Boston into Seer Technologies in 1990 with an investment of $20 million by IBM.[1] At Seer, Wadhwa was responsible in 1993 for moving Seer into screen scraping technology for IBM mainframe terminals, as an early form of client-server computing.[2] Seer Technologies filed for an IPO in May 1995.[3]

In 1997, Wadhwa founded Relativity Technologies, a small company in Raleigh, North Carolina which developed tools for modernizing legacy COBOL programs.[4] He left the company in 2004,[5] and it was sold to Micro Focus in 2008.

Wadhwa had to build a second career in Academics after he suffered a heart attack.[6] Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University;[7] an executive-in-residence/adjunct professor at the Masters of Engineering Management Program[8] and Director of Research at the Center for Research Commercialization at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering;[9] a fellow at Stanford University's Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Halle Institute for Global Learning, at Emory University.[10] He has been a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School's Labor and Worklife Program [11] and a visiting professor at the School of Information, at the University of California, Berkeley.[12] He writes a regular column for The Washington Post,[13] Bloomberg BusinessWeek,[14] the American Society of Engineering Education's Prism Magazine,[15][16][17][18] and Forbes, and has written for Foreign Policy[19] and TechCrunch.[20] He is also the author of the 2012 non-fiction book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent.[21]

Columnist and pundit[edit]

Wadwa writes a regular column for The Washington Post,[22] Bloomberg BusinessWeek,[23] the American Society of Engineering Education's Prism Magazine,[24] Forbes, Foreign Policy,[25]TechCrunch[26] and The Wall Street Journal[27]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1999, Wadhwa was named a "leader of tomorrow" by Forbes magazine.[28]

In February 2012, Wadhwa was one of the six "2012 Outstanding American by Choice" recipients, a distinction awarded by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.[29]

In December 2012, Wadhwa was recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker.[30]

In June 2013, Wadhwa was named to Time magazine's list of the Top 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.[31]


  1. ^ Srikumar S. Rao, 11.13.00 (2000-11-13). "Cracking The Code". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ Bucken, Mike (August 1993). "Seer Technologies, Inc - Field Report: Companies on the Move". Software Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Seer Technologies Files For Initial Public Offering. - Free Online Library". 1995-05-09. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ Maley, Frank (April 1, 2002). "Mouth piece: Vivek Wadhwa's talent for trumpeting his company shines, but observers want to see another kind of performance.". Business North Carolina. Archived from the original on 4 April 2002. 
  5. ^ "Relativity Technologies, Targeting Public Sector, Launches New Sales Initiative". Capitol Broadcasting Company. 11 July 2004. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Chris Pyak, 05.08.13. "Interview with Vivek Wadhwa". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Singularity University | Management". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Project Team :: Global Engineering and Entrepreneurship @ Duke". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  9. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa | Master of Engineering Management". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  11. ^ "LWP Staff: Vivek Wadhwa". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa | School of Information". 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  14. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". Businessweek. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  15. ^ Engineering Our Health, March 2012
  16. ^ "ASEE PRISM - SEPTEMBER 2011 - LEADING EDGE". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  17. ^ "ASEE PRISM - SUMMER 2006 - LAST WORD: The Real Numbers - By Vivek Wadhwa". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  18. ^ "ASEE PRISM - DECEMBER 2011 - LEADING EDGE". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  19. ^ "Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch - By Vivek Wadhwa". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa Posts on TechCrunch". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  21. ^ "Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'". NPR. October 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  23. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  24. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". Prism Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  25. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  26. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  27. ^ "All posts by Vivek Wadhwa". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  28. ^ "The leaders of tomorrow". 1999-12-30. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  29. ^ "USCIS - 2012 Outstanding American by Choice Recipients". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ "Time Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds In Tech". Time. 2013-05-01. 

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