1. US President-elect Donald Trump strategist’s remarks on Asian CEOs draw strong reaction

US President-elect Donald Trump strategist’s remarks on Asian CEOs draw strong reaction

Indians have done very well at all places that require hard work and risk-taking, an Indian- American entrepreneur has said as he criticised the remarks of President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Banon who had expressed dismay at the number of Silicon Valley executives immigranting from Asia.

By: | Los Angeles | Published: November 20, 2016 5:14 PM
In a previous interview resurfaced last week, Bannon had suggested that Silicon Valley has too many Asian C E O's and that international students in the US should go back to where they came from. (Reuters) In a previous interview resurfaced last week, Bannon had suggested that Silicon Valley has too many Asian C E O’s and that international students in the US should go back to where they came from. (Reuters)

Indians have done very well at all places that require hard work and risk-taking, an Indian- American entrepreneur has said as he criticised the remarks of President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Banon who had expressed dismay at the number of Silicon Valley executives immigranting from Asia. “The more the rest of the country becomes Silicon Valley the better it is for the country. If you want to create jobs, if you want to create prosperity look at Silicon Valley as a model,” Venktesh Shukla, president of TiE Silicon Valley, told PTI.

TiE is the top entrepreneur body of Indian Americans in Silicon Valley and the US. “The reasons there are so many South Asians in Silicon Valley because it is a meritocracy and quintessential American values of risk taking, hard work and entrepreneurship. Indians have proved to be quite good at it. That’s why they are successful,” he said in response to remarks by Banon.

In a previous interview resurfaced last week, Bannon had suggested that Silicon Valley has too many Asian C E O’s and that international students in the US should go back to where they came from.

“When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think…” Bannon had said.

Shukla said the reason why Silicon Valley is so important to the US because of the culture of meritocracy that it fosters.

Silicon Valley is a shining star of the US, he said adding that innovation in US is driven by Silicon Valley.

“These are the things that need to be uploaded that the US manages to attract the best and brightest from all over the world who come here to make America successful,” he said.

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    Amit
    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    Better kick out the thousands & thousands of murderous katmullaz who do noting but crimes than highly educated Indians who contribute immensely to US economy.
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      Soman
      Nov 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm
      The Govt of India should contemplate how it can leverage all this talent, that is not apparently welcome in the US of the future. In this industry, it is talented manpower, and excellence in execution of bright ideas that matter. For the amount of money they can make these CEOs can lead as much superior quality of life in India if they run companies from here. Collectively they can build a superior infrastructure or whatever they want. So this misplaced hate can in deed be a good thing for India in the long run.
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