If you’ve never heard of Vivek Wadwha, you’re missing out on perhaps one of the clearest thinkers on the topic of entrepreneurial innovation trotting the globe at the moment. However, if you’re reading the Noisecast, it’s quite possible you’ve at least read a TechCrunch article before and have probably come across one of his articles, whether you realize it or not. As with other tech sites, we tend to focus on the product side of the conversation (when we stop horsing around and treating the Noisecast as a playground), but this doesn’t mean we’re completely blind to the entrepreneurs – the personalities – that make them possible. Especially close to our, or at least my heart is the topic of foreign born entrepreneurs.
Few people realize that not all the founders of the Noisecast are American, and not all the Americans are natural born or go beyond first generation. Outside of the play and the “lulz” there are a number of tough questions we have to answer, and we’re not exactly the type of company that needs (or wants or can get) oodles of outside investment – so we don’t have the ability to solve all our complications with cash. I promise you, I will present a full essay on the state and issue of start ups in the US for both foreign born and natural born people in the country. For now, I just wanted to share a brilliant fireside discussion by Vivek Wadwha given at The Entrepreneurs Club (TEC) on April 5th, 2011. The discussion is called “The Future of Startups Around the World.” You can watch it after the jump.