Vivek Wadhwa

  Tech Entrepreneur, Academic, Researcher, and Writer

FOX Business Interview: How robots will change our lives

  Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com How robots will change our daily lives Apr. 09, 2014 – 3:15 – Vivek Wadhwa of Singularity University breaks down how technology will change the way we live and work. ...

Washington Post: Why I’m excited about the promising future of medicine

Health care is a misnomer for our medical system.  It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health.  If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and increase the quality of our lives. The good news is that technology is on its way to letting us do this.  It is now moving so rapidly...

The Economist debate: Goldman versus Google: A career on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley?

The  Buttonwood Gathering 2013, New York City. My really fun debate with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shller.   For decades, the best and brightest minds from American business schools were attracted to Wall Street by the promise of high pay and prestige. But at least since the financial crisis, high-tech companies have become an increasingly appealing destination, and today, when Silicon Valley competes...

Wall Street Journal: Location No Longer Determines Success

Oculus, the latest technology startup to be acquired for billions of dollars, was based not in Silicon Valley but in Irvine, Calif. Snapchat, which is rumored to be worth billions, is based in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles area is a good place to live and has great weather, but it has no real advantage as a technology center. These companies could have been based anywhere with equal success. You can’t predict...

Washington Post: Facebook’s moonshot is a wise move in a time of radical change

A few months ago, I wrote that Facebook was doomed: that it could go the way of AOL and MySpace because it wasn’t keeping up with technology changes.  Social media is becoming less social as people start using their mobile devices more than their laptops, and as their address books once again become their friends list.  People are communicating more in small circles of close friends on messaging apps....

A $32,000 Startup That Was Sold for Millions

I meet entrepreneurs all over the world who think that venture capital is a prerequisite for starting a company.  They write business plans and ask for introductions to venture capitalists.  I tell them that they should instead bootstrap their startups; that what would have cost millions of dollars a few years ago now costs thousands. Think about it.  Today’s laptops have the same processing power as the...

Washington Post: The triumph of genomic medicine is just beginning

“A Decade Later, Genetic Map Yields Few New Cures,” said a New York Times headline in June 2010.  It declared the failure of the $3 billion Human Genome Project and claimed that medicine had seen none of the benefits that Bill Clinton had promised in announcing the first draft of the human-genome sequence in 2000.  According to the article, geneticists were “almost back to square one in knowing...

Economic Times: What Young India Wants

What young Indians want is no different from what their parents want: a free and democratic society in which anyone can achieve their potential and fulfil their dreams. They want a government that builds infrastructure, educates its people and provides safety and security. All Indians want what they are entitled to: good governance and opportunities. The young, however, also want India to rise above caste,...

Bloomberg TV “Bottom Line”: How to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

In this interview with Mark Crumpton of Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line”, I discuss the importance of technology, social media and collaboration in the workplace, and what makes an entrepreneur. ...

Washington Post: Tesla’s success is a victory for anyone who loves the environment

When designing the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk wanted an electric motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly-instantaneous torque. And he wanted it to be the size of a watermelon. Engine manufacturers told him this couldn’t be done. So the Tesla CEO decided to build his own motor. The earlier versions of this had a hand-wound stator which increased winding...

Washington Post: Carl Icahn’s criticism of eBay’s board highlights Silicon Valley’s systemic issues

The compositions of the boards of Silicon Valley companies are once again in the spotlight. Recently, Twitter was called out for having a board comprising of members of the Silicon Valley Boys Club. Now Carl Icahn is accusing eBay board members of being in conflict.  He wrote an open letter to eBay shareholders excoriating its management and board for various alleged lapses in corporate governance. Amongst...

Washington Post: Dropbox’s hiring practices explain its disappointing​ lack of female employees

“If someone came in right now and announced that the zombie apocalypse had just started outside, what would you do in the next hour? What is something that you’re geeky about? What is a superpower you would give to your best friend?” These are the types of questions that you could be asked if you apply for a job at Dropbox. Business Insider culled these and other quirky interview questions from a career...