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Drinks On Fifth: Vivek Wadhwa, Act I

There are few people in the world with a background as diverse and impressive as Vivek Wadhwa. He began his career as a software developer, and quickly rose to VP of Information Services at CS First Boston. After spinning a business out of CSFB, Vivek grew the company to a $120 million publicly traded company. After a long run inside startups, he saw an opportunity to give back by converting himself to the academic world. And true to his success path, his academic credentials now include: a senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School; an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University; and visiting scholar at the School of Information at University of California at Berkeley. Other than that, he’s not up to much…

Our conversation was as wide-ranging and insightful as you’d expect from our earlier interview of Vivek. The first part of our conversation focused almost exclusively on mentorship as a key driver in building entrepreneur ecosystems. His research shows clearly that organizations like TiE have created great results for the Indian community, and Vivek believes the same exact model should be applied to the many groups currently underrepresented in entrepreneurial circles – whether that’s women, African Americans or Hispanics.

(Watch: Part Two | Part Three)

Stay tuned for Acts II and III Thursday and Friday this week. Enjoy Act I below:

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0 # Feb0zdou1 2010-07-23 14:59
Interesting insights, Vivek. There are a few women entrepreneur mentoring and coaching programs around, as you know, like Springboardwww.springboardenterprises.org/, Ladies Who Launch www.ladieswholaunch.com/ and popular Atlanta-based StartupChicks www.startupchicks.net/ which has more Black women entrepreneurs than Indian or Latino. Also, women entrepreneurs in Atlanta can take advantage of programs like CapVenture atdc.org/services/capventure-2010, Shotput Ventures www.shotputventures.com/ and Village Capital www.vilcap.com/about-us.php (directed by TechDrawl contributor, Ross Baird from First Light Ventures/Gray Ghost Ventures in the impact investing space). Thanks for recognizing the under-represented sectors. We always appreciate more opportunities to be mentored and coached.
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