Vivek Wadhwa

Fellow, Singularity University and Stanford Law School; Director of Research at Duke University

Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post; Entrepreneur and Futurist

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Called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, U.S. competitiveness and the future, Vivek Wadhwa’s work puts him at the heart of where innovations—technological and otherwise—are being developed that will change the very way that we work and live.

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Vivek Wadhwa is involved in all things technology and entrepreneurship, specifically when it comes to global research. As a Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University, he has made many groundbreaking discoveries. His book, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012 and Wadhwa was named by Foreign Policymagazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.

In his role as a Fellow, Vivek Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world and leads thought provoking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments, mentors entrepreneurs and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post Wall Street Journal Accelerators, LinkedIn Influencers blog, Forbes and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine.

As a researcher, Wadhwa has studied the impact of globalization on U.S. competitiveness and remedies for the U.S. to keep its edge, which he discusses in his engaging speeches. His teams’ research on American competitive advantages focused on entrepreneurship, skilled immigration and university-research commercialization. It revealed key insights into the age, education background and motivation of tech entrepreneurs, and documented that more than one in four U.S. technology startups from 1995 to 2005 was founded by an immigrant. Wadhwa has also researched diversity in Silicon Valley – or the lack of it. He documented that women entrepreneurs have the same backgrounds and motivations as men, but are rare in the ranks of technology CEOs or CTOs.

With the explosive growth of the Internet, Vivek Wadhwa saw an even greater opportunity to help businesses adapt to new and fast-changing technologies, and founded Relativity Technologies. As a result of his vision, Forbes named Wadhwa a Leader of Tomorrow and Fortune magazine declared Relativity one of the 25 coolest companies in the world. In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice” — for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans.”

Vivek Wadhwa holds a B.A. in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra, in Australia, and an MBA from New York University. As a fascinating speaker, he educates audiences about what makes an entrepreneur as well as the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances — in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine and nanomaterials — are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health and security.

Why Innovation Isn’t Dead: A Look at Our Technology Future

There is a lot of pessimism about the future. Some people argue that other than advances in computer-related fields, technological progress has actually stalled out — the internal combustion engine, invented in 1876, still rules our highways; the cancer death rate has barely changed since 1971; today’s Internet was actually designed in the 1960s. There are fears that world wars will break out over water and energy shortages and that our standards of living will drop.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Vivek Wadhwa will discuss why he believes that this will be the most innovative decade in human history. He will explain how exponentially advancing technologies — in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3-D printing, medicine and nanomaterials — will enable us to start solving humanity’s grand challenges.

These technologies will disrupt entire industries and provide opportunities to create new ones. For example:

Combination of 3-D printing and robotics will cause manufacturing to return to the U.S.
Advances in DNA sequencing and synthetic biology will make it possible to engineer drugs for the individual and create personalized stem cell lines.
Autonomous, self-driving cars will revolutionize urban transport.
Low-cost tablets and artificial-intelligence-based learning systems will change the teaching paradigm and bring education to the world’s masses.
Star Trek-like tricorders, holodecks and replicators will become a reality.
These advances aren’t going to come from governments and large research labs, but from small groups of motivated people.

The Next Wave Globalization: China, India & How the U.S. Can Keep Its Competitive Edge in the Midst of Globalized Innovation

Academics, policy makers and business executives say that the U.S. is falling behind in math and science education and is losing its global advantage because China and India graduate more engineers. They cite poor test results, declining international rankings and decreasing enrollment in the hard sciences. They believe the remedy for U.S. competitiveness is to graduate more engineers and scientists.

America has reason to worry, but the problems aren’t its graduation rates or international rankings. China and India’s advantages are much different than we understand. They may graduate large numbers of engineers, but the quality of the education is so poor that they have to be retrained when they start work. To continue to lead, America has to focus on its core advantages and not try to be like its new global competitors.

Wadhwa will discuss:

How global engineering graduation statistics are deceptive and India and China don’t have the advantages they are believed to.
The on-the-ground reality in R&D and innovation in India and China — how India is becoming a global R&D hub despite its weak education system and how China excels in imitation, not innovation.
How Indian industry adopted the best practices in workforce development of western corporations and perfected these.
What the U.S. can learn from its global competitors.
How the university research system — one of America’s strengths — has major flaws.
Why immigrants — which gave the U.S. its greatest advantage — are now returning home.
What makes an entrepreneur and how we can fuel greater innovation.

What Makes an Entrepreneur & How Can We Make More of Them

The legends of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and other high-tech entrepreneurs have fed a stereotypical vision of innovation in America: Mix a brainy college dropout, a garage-incubated idea and a powerful venture capitalist, stir well, and you get the latest Silicon Valley powerhouse. That’s Hollywood’s version of technological innovation; unfortunately, it’s also the one that venture capitalists try to fund and government planners seek to replicate. But these individuals are not America’s typical entrepreneurs and that is not the way to build innovation systems.

In this talk, Wadhwa will dispel some common myths such as:

America’s typical tech entrepreneurs are in their 20s.
Entrepreneurs are like top athletes: They are born, not made.
College dropouts make better entrepreneurs.
Women can’t cut it in the tech world.
The way to build an innovation system is to create a tech park next to a research university and to add industry subsidies and venture capital.
Wadhwa will detail the extensive research that his teams at Harvard, Duke and UC Berkeley have completed on what makes an entrepreneur, and the grand experiment that he helped launch in Chile to create an innovation system there.

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only 14% of engineers in the United States are women. They take the seeds of technological advancement and build something life-changing, potentially life-saving. The future of technology depends on the full and active participation of women and men working together, and it is vital that women are both educated and encouraged to go into the tech sectors.

Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a “Top 100 Global Thinker,” professor, researcher and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, collected anecdotes and essays from global leaders and Vivek is now sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. Having interviewed hundreds of women in STEM fields, including Google[X] VP Megan Smith, venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton, and entrepreneur and technology executive Kim Polese, this presentation offers a fresh perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organization can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.

The Dark Side of Advancing Technologies and Why Policy, Law, and Ethics Can’t Keep Up

How Technology Will Eat Medicine: Future of Healthcare

A Better Formula for Economic Growth: People, Not Top-Down Clusters

Exponential Innovation Workshop (5-7 hours)

The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

Many of the United States & most innovative entrepreneurs have been immigrants, from Andrew Carnegie, Alexander Graham Bell, and Charles Pfizer to Sergey Brin, Vinod Khosla, and Elon Musk. Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies and one-quarter of all new small businesses were founded by immigrants, generating trillions of dollars annually, employing millions of workers, and helping establish the United States as the most entrepreneurial, technologically advanced society on earth. Now, Vivek Wadhwa, an immigrant tech entrepreneur turned academic with appointments at Duke, Stanford, Emory, and Singularity Universities, draws on his new Kauffman Foundation research to show that the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented halt in high-growth, immigrant-founded start-ups. He argues that increased competition from countries like China and India and US immigration policies are leaving some of the most educated and talented entrepreneurial immigrants with no choice but to take their innovation elsewhere. The consequences to our economy are dire; our multi-trillion dollar loss will be the gain of our global competitors. With his signature fearlessness and clarity, Wadhwa offers a concise framework for understanding the Immigrant Exodus and offers a recipe for reversal and rapid recovery.

The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

From one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology" comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.

Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only 14% of engineers in the United States are women. They take the seeds of technological advancement and build something life-changing, potentially life-saving. The future of technology depends on the full and active participation of women and men working together, and it is vital that women are both educated and encouraged to go into the tech sectors.

Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a "Top 100 Global Thinker," professor, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, set out to collect anecdotes and essays from global leaders, sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. With interviews and essays from hundreds of women in STEM fields, including Google[X] VP Megan Smith, venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton, and entrepreneur and technology executive Kim Polese, Innovating Women offers fresh perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organization can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology