Fellow, Singularity University and Stanford Law School; Director of Research at Duke University
Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post; Entrepreneur and Futurist
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.
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 Economistas 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.