Vivek Wadhwa

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

Career[edit]

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] Wadhwa has argued that because of the low numbers of women technology CEOs, there is a problem with the system.[28][29] In September 2014, Wadhwa released Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, a book he co-authored with Farai Chideya, with the help of hundreds of women.[30] Wadhwa has presented research about women in technology and argued that "Corporate executives must personally take ownership of the problem of increasing women’s participation in tech."[31]

Wadhwa has publicly advocated for more overall diversity in the technology industry.[32] Wadhwa's research, public debates and articles call for greater inclusion of not only women, but also, African Americans, Hispanics, and older people. An MSNBC article by Alicia Maule on November 14, 2014 quotes Wadhwa as saying "Venture capital is in dismal shape. It produces low returns because it’s been the bastion of the boys club, which is not the model that needs to be followed. You need men and women. African-American and Latino – diversity is a catalyst to innovation.”[33] Wadhwa was featured as a mentor to the black technology community in the CNN documentary: “Black in America”. This led to a Twitter debate with Michael Arrington who said in the documentary that he did not know any black entrepreneurs and talked of how he would have featured one in his technology conference even if the entrepreneur had “launched a clown show on stage”.[34][35][36][37][38]

Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Mike Moritz have publicly expressed biases towards younger entrepreneurs.[39] Vinod Khosla said “People under 35 are the people who make change happen and people over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas.”[40] Wadhwa has been arguing, based on his research, that older entrepreneurs tend to be more successful. He has written several articles defending older entrepreneurs and arguing that VCs should invest in them. The articles include: The case for old entrepreneurs,[41] Innovation without Age Limits,[42] When It Comes To Founding Successful Startups, Old Guys Rule,[43] Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age.[44] and Why baby boomers are an important part of technology’s future.[45]

Wadhwa has researched engineering education in India, China, and the US. He has argued in many articles that US education is superior, and that education is important for US competitiveness. The articles include: Engineering Gap? Fact and Fiction,[46] U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead—Way Ahead[47] and U.S. Schools: Not That Bad[48]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1999, Wadhwa was named a "leader of tomorrow" by Forbes magazine.[49]

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.[50]

In December 2012, Wadhwa was recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker.[51]

In June 2013, Wadhwa was named to Time magazine's list of the Top 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.[52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Srikumar S. Rao, 11.13.00 (2000-11-13). "Cracking The Code". Forbes.com. 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". Thefreelibrary.com. 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". Immigrantspirit.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Singularity University | Management". Singularityu.org. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Project Team :: Global Engineering and Entrepreneurship @ Duke". Soc.duke.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  9. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa | Master of Engineering Management". Memp.pratt.duke.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa". Halleinstitute.emory.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  11. ^ "LWP Staff: Vivek Wadhwa". Law.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Vivek Wadhwa | School of Information". Ischool.berkeley.edu. 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". Prism-magazine.org. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  17. ^ "ASEE PRISM - SUMMER 2006 - LAST WORD: The Real Numbers - By Vivek Wadhwa". Prism-magazine.org. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  18. ^ "ASEE PRISM - DECEMBER 2011 - LEADING EDGE". Prism-magazine.org. 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". Crunchbase.com. 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. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Silicon Valley, You and Some of Your VCs have a Gender Problem". TechCrunch. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  29. ^ Upadhyaya, Preeti. "Why Vivek Wadhwa takes on the Silicon Valley status quo". UpStart Business Journal. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology". Goodreads. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  31. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Bias is Inherent in the Hiring Process". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  32. ^ Upadhyaya, Preeti. "Why Vivek Wadhwa takes on the Silicon Valley status quo". Upstart Business Journal. Retrieved 15 November 2014.  "He (Wadwha) has been a vocal advocate for more inclusion and diversity in Silicon Valley..."
  33. ^ Maule, Alicia. "Innovators Changing the Face of Tech". MSNBC. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  34. ^ Segall, Laurie. "War of words breaks out over Silicon Valley diversity debate". CNN Money. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  35. ^ Kolawole, Emi. "Race debate over Silicon Valley documentary heats up on Twitter". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  36. ^ Kolawole, Emi. "Debate on race in Silicon Valley heats up Twitter". Storify. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  37. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "We need a black Mark Zuckerberg". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  38. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Women of Color in Tech: How Can We Encourage Them?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  39. ^ "Silicon Valley 4.0 Sessions – Why VCs Love Young Blood". Garage Technology Ventures. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "Keynote: What gets Vinod Khosla excited even after 30 extraordinary years". YouTube. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  41. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "The case for old entrepreneurs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  42. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Innovation without Age Limits". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  43. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "When It Comes To Founding Successful Startups, Old Guys Rule". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  44. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  45. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Why baby boomers are an important part of technology’s future". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  46. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "Engineering Gap? Fact and Fiction". Bloomberg Businessweek Small Business. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  47. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead—Way Ahead". Bloomberg Businessweek Technology. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  48. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek. "U.S. Schools: Not That Bad". Bloomberg Businessweek Technology. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  49. ^ "The leaders of tomorrow". Forbes.com. 1999-12-30. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  50. ^ "USCIS - 2012 Outstanding American by Choice Recipients". Uscis.gov. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  51. ^ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/26/the_fp_100_global_thinkers
  52. ^ "Time Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds In Tech". Time. 2013-05-01. 

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