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May 21, 2007

Silicon Valley’s melting pot

Filed under: Business,India,Perspective,Winning — Subbaraman Iyer @ 3:21 am

Everyone knows Silicon Valley as a great melting pot. Lance Glasser illustrates this very well here.

He writes:

Like many in Silicon Valley high tech, I have faced the question of how we take advantage of globalization in technology development.  Last year, as part of pulling together my thoughts on this topic, I polled my immediate direct reports, that is the nine people who reported directly to me and whose performance reviews I filled out, but not including the people who reported to them or indirect (dotted line) reports.  Remarkably, together they speak or write 13 different languages: English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Tamil.  If one were to go down another level in the organization there are, of course, even more languages.  I may not have had a great globalization plan, but I am sure I had a great globalization team!  How can anyone doubt that technology is global or that Silicon Valley is still magical?

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