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In this #16 episode of our AMA show, we have a very special guest for you – Mr. Vivek Wadhwa, the Distinguished Fellow and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches classes on technology convergence, industry disruption, and the new rules of innovation, among others.

Vivek is an entrepreneur, researcher and a thought leader in technology who has been named one of the world’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy magazine and one of forty most influential minds in tech by TIME magazine’s list of ‘Tech 40’. He is also a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and his writings regularly appear on Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes and many other top publications.

In this AMA we’ll be talking to Vivek about three important topics:

  1. The rising challenges in technology and the opportunities it holds for startups, especially Indian startups.
  2. The new upcoming technologies and how they’re shaping various industries.
  3. How to foster & grow the Indian Startup Ecosystem with a special focus on education and government policies.

You can ask Vivek anything about these topics during the AMA or drop your questions in the comments section below.

About Vivek Wadhwa

Here are 6 interesting facts you should know about Vivek:

  1. He teaches subjects such as technology, industry disruption, entrepreneurship, and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. He has also held appointments at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.
  2. He was the Chief Technology Officer of Seer Technologies in the 90s and helped grow the nascent startup into a $118 million publicly traded company. He then started his own company Relativity Technologies in 1997 before getting into academics.
  3. He is based in Silicon Valley and has done extensive research in the policy, law, and ethics issues of exponential technologies that are becoming dominant in the fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials. He has also been an advisor to several governments.
  4. He is the author of 4 books so far including – Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, The Driver in the Driverless Car, The Immigrant Exodus, and Your Happiness Was Hacked. Find his books here.
  5. He is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and a contributor to VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn’s Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine.
  6. He has also authored several reports on topics of Education, Immigration, Globalisation, Entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley’s diversity and university-research commercialization.

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