Why are Indians Among the Most Successful CEOs in the Silicon Valley?! – Shantanu Narayen, Ajaypal Singh Banga, Indra Nooyi, Satya Nadella, Sander Bechain, and many other names with strange ringing on the ear, and unfamiliar pronunciation on the tongue. You may have passed through one of the cognitive media “Internet, book, newspaper … etc” one day.
These readers are a flood of creative, creative and innovative Indian minds that lead the world’s largest technology and commercial companies and in the Silicon Valley itself, “the cradle of technical civilization.” They represent a special case of the Indian sub-continent of the world alongside its Bollywood films Appear in the Box Office from time to time.
What is the story of these Indians and their role in executive positions in these global companies – in general and the Silicon Valley in particular – without other European, Chinese, Japanese or even Arab nationality?
History tells us
That in the 1950s and 1960s the Indians were the only ones in the Silicon Valley, the low-level engineers who came to the United States to study, and ended up staying. Indians were stereotypical models of beggars and snakes, and finding a foothold in leading positions in the technology industry was out of reach.
Then, in the 1970s and 1980s, waves of graduates of India’s engineering institutes migrated to the United States, one after the other beginning to flock to Uncle Sam and Silicon Valley in particular in a migration that represented the nucleus of what we now see.
Engineers such as Vinod Dham began to create and invent new technologies that became a breakthrough at the time. He was called “Father of the Pentium Chip” and businessmen such as Kanwal Rekhi and Vinod Khosla co-founded Companies such as: Excelan and Sun Microsystems.
At this point the Indians began to look at each other and help those coming from them to form their own network in the field of pushing, organizing and launching projects of all kinds. This spontaneity had its remarkable results in changing the Americans’ perception of them as engineers and they did not come to play in the backyards only.
In 1999, according to field research, Indian-born entrepreneurs had established 7% of all emerging companies in the Silicon Valley between 1980 and 1998.
Now, Indians have leadership and executive positions in almost all fields. They now lead all immigrant groups to America in a number of companies established in the following industries: biosciences (35%), computers / communications (28%), innovation services (29%), semiconductors (32%), software (33%), environmental (39%) and defense / space (29%).
In a recent study in 2014, 15% of Silicon Valley startups were launched with Indian-American ideas, the largest number of founders of migratory technology companies, the largest number of the next four groups (from Britain, China, Taiwan and Japan) combined.
Of course, launching an emerging company is something that everyone is looking for as individuals or groups, but being the leader and CEO of the world’s largest technology companies, and the future of this company is entirely on your own, and a challenge no one can ever do.
What distinguishes the Indians in this particular aspect ?!
Effort, perseverance and ambition
The Republic of India is a multi-racial, multi-religious and dense population, offset by extreme poverty for most families struggling to provide a healthy environment for their children. Google CEO Sander Bechai was born in a poor family. Watching television or riding a car was a dream and a distant luxury. In the living room of their two-room apartment and had no appearance of luxury and technology, but his ambition, talent and passion for learning everything new was the key to what he was now.
Nikesh Arora, CEO of Softbank Internet & Media Inc., who struggled for a job, sent about 450 messages to different workplaces but failed to get a response. As a result, he kept a copy of all these messages to remind himself how to deal with failure and.
Most Indian executives now, at the top of the pyramid in technology companies in particular, are mainly engineers first and foremost because of the large spread of leading engineering colleges across India with a large number of regional engineering colleges that assign talent to study engineering programs , And related graduate studies in the United States.
Sathia Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, grew up in Hyderabad and studied at the Manipal Institute of Technology. Adobe CEO Shantano Narayan studied at Hyderabad’s Osmania University and Sundar Pichai, Google’s executive director at IIT. Most of these managers supported their engineering degrees in postgraduate studies in management Business, or Project Management in the USA.
This makes them indirectly classified into the category of “engineers managers,” and therefore when integrating engineering with graduate studies in management science the result is “a manager thinking of a geometrical mind and a productive heart.”
Therefore, they are always the top candidates for such positions. Technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook are looking for people who make products and not sell them, and they are more likely to hold the title of engineer than those who have degrees in business administration and marketing backgrounds.
They worked in product divisions
Almost all Indian executives working in technology companies were at a stage in their careers working in departments that are directly related to products offered to users, both as a customer or as a team, requiring them to constantly innovate, research and risk launching products that jump the company. Concerned for higher rankings in the competitive market.
Focus and understanding of developing markets
Emerging and complex markets are a major target for technology companies, which have huge growth potential and thus generate fantastic financial returns in the future. Therefore, it makes sense that those who understand these markets deeply must have come from them and India is a good example.
This is what we find in their thoughts on these emerging markets through the future thinking of their companies in breaking into these markets. Microsoft CEO Vasetella Nadala was able to return to the top position after many obstacles by focusing on the percentage of users supporting Microsoft products instead of focusing on financial profits Alone.
The thoughts of the CEO of Google Sander Bchai are very important to the company by focusing on users and making Google products available to everyone and around the world. This is what we see in his plan and his strong support for fictional projects such as: Project Loon to provide the Internet to the largest number of countries and Especially poor ones, where he has a special interest that everyone who has an intelligent mobile phone has the right to have an experience no different from the richer ones.
Understanding the game of management and language of the British colonizer
As we know that India was ruled by the British colonizer in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, this created an orderly and orderly management environment on which the Indians, the issue of management of companies and institutions in an orderly management is permissible in their blood and innate talent.
In addition to the English language, which addresses one third of the world’s population officially, which means that from an early age many Indians are well versed in speaking fluently, and therefore, Indian executives clearly outperform their counterparts in some European countries and countries in Asia specifically, Clear communication and communication skills.
Strong support network for newcomers
One reason is that Indians in the United States decided to forget which part of India they were born in, and turned their focus solely on being Indians in the first place, regardless of where they came from or what their religion. When the first generation of Indians in the Silicon Valley succeeded in breaking the roof They decided to help others follow their path and realized that they were able to overcome all the obstacles in front of them, and thus their goal was to reduce and break some barriers to entering the coming through sharing their experiences and opening some doors for them.
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What distinguishes Indians more than others is their way of not putting a barrier between the president and the subordinate. A 2004 study indicated that Indian executives tend to engage in participatory management and build meaningful relationships with subordinates. The study found that the leadership and management style of these executive directors In their country has strengthened the emotional ties between bosses and subordinates, and the feeling that the company really cares for its employees, this has created a strong bond of loyalty in corporate management and the success of projects exceeded the financial rewards.
Sander Bchai’s sitting at the top of the management pyramid of a Google-sized company is a confirmation that there is an increasing strength for Indian immigrants in the United States. In the future, having an Indian-born executive at another major technology company may not be a big surprise to us as two.
If you listen to your reader in the future that there is an empty executive seat in a company from other major technology companies such as Facebook, Snape Chat, Twitter or even Amazon. Look for those who have Indian origins in this company. this position.