My articles and research on ‘Other Publications’

Politico Magazine: America’s Crazy, Upside-Down Immigration System

Does America’s immigration system make sense to anyone? The recent influx of thousands of migrant children from Central America has highlighted the failure of reform efforts and gripped the nation’s attention. This is a humanitarian crisis that must be resolved. But forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immigrants who have been held hostage to...

CNN International: The Silicon Valley Frat Club

The Silicon Valley Frat Club The Silicon Valley Frat ClubQuest Means Business|  July 2, 2014 Richard Quest talks to Vivek Wadhwa about misogyny in the tech industry. ...

Bloomberg TV: What’s Next for Tech on Immigration Reform?

June 11 (Bloomberg) — Stanford University Fellow Vivek Wadhwa discusses the impact of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss on the tech industry. Wadhwa speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”  With Emily Chang   ...

Financial Times: The digital world’s other equality problem

By Gillian Tett ‘There is not simply a gender digital divide but a widening socio-economic one too’ In recent days, Vivek Wadhwa, an American technology entrepreneur and pundit, has been helping to run a “hackathon” in the San Francisco area. But this did not comprise the usual computer coding and brainstorming sessions that occur at places such as Facebook or Google. There were no hoodie-wearing...

PBS Newshour: The Pernicious Myth that You Don’t Need College to Be an Entrepreneur

Paul Solman: Our friend Vivek Wadhwa, last seen on this page tolling the death knell for Microsoft, has been engaged in a long-running debate, some would say feud, with Peter Thiel, who in 2010 starting paying young people to drop out of college (or never enroll) and become entrepreneurs instead. So what’s become of Thiel’s experiment? Vivek shares his view of the results thus far. Vivek Wadhwa: Frustrated...

PBS NewsHour: The Immigrant Brain Drain: How America Is Losing Its High-Tech Talent

Diversity boosts high-tech innovation in America, argues Vivek Wadhwa. Paul Solman: There aren’t enough IT jobs to meet demand? Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University and a fellow at Stanford Law School, questions that claim. He responds to Wednesday’s post on the Making Sen$e Business Desk from Hal Salzman, B. Lindsay Lowell and Daniel Kuehn, in which...

MIT Technology Review: Why Silicon Valley Can’t Be Copied

The team at Fairchild Semiconductor, shown here in 1960 in San Jose, California, would produce the first integrated circuit from silicon. Two, Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, would later found Intel. For 50 years, the experts have tried to figure out what makes Silicon Valley tick. The answer is people. By 1960, Silicon Valley had already captured the attention of the world as a teeming technology center....

Harvard Business Review: Debunking Myths About Highly-Skilled Immigration and the Global Race for Talent

Talk to the founders of Silicon Valley startups and they will tell you that the single greatest obstacle they face after they obtain funding is the dearth of skilled talent. They say this is limiting their ability to innovate. A group of tech CEOs told President Obama in March that five companies alone — IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Qualcomm — had 10,000 job openings in the US. They called this “one...

TIME Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech

Vivek Wadhwa, Singularity University By Sam Gustin @samgustin Vivek Wadhwa has become a leading voice in debates over technology policy, particularly with respect to entrepreneurship, innovation and immigration. Wadhwa holds academic appointments at Singularity University, Stanford University, and Duke University, and last year was named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. An...

PBS Newshour: Why Older Entrepreneurs Are Crucial, Even in Silicon Valley

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg founded his social media website from his dorm room at Harvard University when he was only 19 years old. As Silicon Valley investors search for the next “Zuckerberg,” they increasingly maintain a prejudice against older entrepreneurs. Vivek Wadhwa says the age discrimination in tech industries is a big mistake. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. A Note from Paul Solman:...

PBS Newshour: Silicon Valley Discriminates Against Women, Even If They’re Better

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa discovers that the famed “meritocracy” of Silicon Valley is a myth and that women are systematically discriminated against there, despite the fact that they’re more productive, on average, than their male counterparts. He has a plan to change the Valley. Paul Solman: Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa is a widely heard voice on the value of...

Read Write: Obama and Romney Should Quit Worrying About China And Start Worrying About Education

In the presidential debates both candidates focused much of their energy on job creation and the future of America. They missed the third part of that equation, namely, the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in economic growth—and why the exodus of these highly-educated workers is a cause for alarm. (I covered this topic in my book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial...