Vivek Wadhwa

  • Most technology companies have guarded their hiring information but on Wednesday Google released its data for the first time. Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images
    May 28, 2014   BY Murrey Jacobson 

    In an industry that has been famously guarded about its workplace diversity, Google on Wednesday disclosed its record when it comes to hiring women, African-Americans and Hispanics. The data reveals statistics that the company itself admits are too low and strikingly below other industry averages. Women comprise just 17 percent of its global tech workforce, according to data Google published on its website and released exclusively to the PBS NewsHour. When it comes to leadership, women only account for 21 percent of the top positions in the company, which has a workforce of just under 50,000 people. Continue reading

  • Software engineers work in a room with a view at Google's Kirkland, Washington, office in this 2009 file photo. On Wednesday Google released the gender and race composition of its workforce for the first time. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
    May 28, 2014   BY Vivek Wadhwa 

    Silicon Valley companies justify their dearth of women technologists by claiming that there just aren’t enough to go around. And employee data from Google released Wednesday prove that the technology behemoth is no different; only 17 percent of its technology positions are held by women. This is disappointing and there are no excuses for it. Luckily there are tried and true measures to recruit and keep quality women engineers. Continue reading

  • September 15, 2013   BY Simone Pathe 

    Higher GMAT scores are associated with cultural traits that may lead to unethical business behavior. Photo courtesy of Flickr user bitslice cipher. Didn’t do so well on the GMAT? You may be a more ethical and entrepreneurial business leader for … Continue reading

  • September 11, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    Peter Thiel, who funds and mentors young entrepreneurs, speaks at a TEDx conference in Silicon Valley. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Suzie Katz via Creative Commons. Paul Solman: Our friend Vivek Wadhwa, last seen on this page tolling the death … Continue reading

  • August 31, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the launch event of Windows 8 in 2012. Photo courtesy of Lucas Jackson/REUTERS. Is Microsoft going the way of the Soviet Union? Vivek Wadhwa, vice president for academics and innovation at Singularity University, director … Continue reading

  • July 26, 2013   BY Paul Solman  

    By Joel Mokyr In a 2011 Making Sen$e report, we explored the slowing of innovation with “The Great Stagnation” author Tyler Cowen. The developed world enjoys the benefits of running hot and cold water, refrigerators and electric stoves, all of … Continue reading

  • July 25, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    Diversity boosts high-tech innovation in America, argues Vivek Wadhwa. Photo courtesy of John Moore/Getty Images. 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 … Continue reading

  • April 26, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    A Note from Paul Solman: In January, PBS NewsHour featured a company where the average age was 74. In March, the graying of academia, with a physicist in his 80s who may be a better teacher than ever. On Monday, … Continue reading

  • April 24, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    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. … Continue reading

  • March 20, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    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 … Continue reading

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