Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow with
the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and
executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of
Engineering at Duke University. He helps students better prepare
for the real world, lectures in classes and leads groundbreaking
research into globalization and the U.S. competitive advantage.
He is also an advisor to several start-up companies and a
regular columnist for BusinessWeek.com.
Wadhwa has long been a pioneer
of change and innovation in the technology industry, and has
founded 2 software companies. He started his career as a
software developer and gained a deep understanding of the
challenges in building computer systems.
His quest to help solve some
of IT's most daunting problems began at New York based
investment banking powerhouse CS First Boston, where he was Vice
President of Information Services. There he spearheaded the
development of technology for creating computer systems which
was so successful that CSFB decided to spin off this business
unit into its own company, Seer Technologies. As Executive Vice
President and Chief Technology Officer, Wadhwa helped grow the
nascent startup into a $118 million publicly traded company.
With the explosion of the
Internet, Wadhwa saw an even greater opportunity to help
businesses adapt to new and fast changing technologies, and
started Relativity Technologies. As a result of his vision, Wadhwa was named a "Leader of Tomorrow" by Forbes.com.
Relativity was named as one of the 25 "coolest" companies in the
world by Fortune Magazine.
Wadhwa’s research at Duke
University has focused on the impact of globalization on the
engineering profession, the competitive threat from India and
China, and one of America’s greatest advantages – its skilled
immigrants. This research has received worldwide attention and
Mr. Wadhwa holds an MBA from
New York University and a B.A. in Computing Studies from the
Canberra University in Australia. He is founding president of
the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a
non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship.
He has been featured in thousands of articles in worldwide
publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes
Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, U.S. News and World
Report and Science Magazine. He has also made many
appearances on U.S. and international TV stations including CNN,
ABC, NBC, CNBC and the BBC.