Vivek Wadhwa Quotes

After my health suffered due to the stress of running my second company I had to switch careers. But I still didn't want to go back to the corporate world. So I became an academic.

I became an academic so that I could share my knowledge and experience with students.

A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.

Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse accepting and willing to cooperate.

I advise all of the entrepreneurs that I know to attend at least one entrepreneurship event every week. The worst thing an entrepreneur can do is to confine his or herself to a cubby hole.

What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction mentoring and leading.

A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team.

The best way of dealing with the press customers and critics is to come clean when things go wrong and admit when you make a mistake. We are humans and no one expects us to be perfect.

You need to be able to SHARE IDEAS INSPIRE and MOTIVATE

Recruiting talent is no different than any other challenge a startup faces. It's all about selling.

You may not believe in anything called a work-life balance but your body certainly does. You need to monitor and nurture your body.

I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made. It helped me climb the corporate ladder and become an entrepreneur.

Big companies such as Google and Facebook buy startups at ridiculously high prices - not for their products but for their people.

Building a company isn't that different from climbing a big mountain. You need people helping you traverse treacherous paths and to lift you up when you fall.

We can either build a Star Trek future in which our civilization rises to new heights or descend into a Mad Max world. It is up to us.

When I became an entrepreneur I had the knowledge to develop and manage budgets market products and review legal contracts.

I used to have an obsession with building businesses and forgot about building health. I was focused on the destination instead of the journey. I caution you to not do the same.

The goal should be to build a sustainable lifestyle business that does good for employees and customers - and that steadily builds wealth.

Most business schools are geared toward churning out investment bankers and management consultants.

Writing a book is usually a full-time job that takes years. I didn't have years. So I decided to crowdsource content for the book.

Over the last 10 years India's perception has gone from being a beggar country to an economic superpower.

No matter how well things are going failure and disaster are just around the corner. So celebrate the good but be ready for the bad.

The truth is that entrepreneurship is more like a roller coaster ride than a cruise.

The stereotypical successful entrepreneur is Mark Zuckerberg - the young college dropout who dreamed up a crazy idea while in his dorm room.

My advice to fledgling entrepreneurs is always the same: build a company that you plan to be with for the next 10 years - that is the best way to increase your chances of success.

Most successful entrepreneurs share their knowledge as a way of giving back. They do not demand compensation. Those who do are usually trying to take advantage of you.

Doing the right thing doesn't always bring success. But compromising ethics almost always leads to failure.

One of the biggest problems that software developers face is that technology changes rapidly. It is very hard to stay current.

The mentor-mentee relationship is ideally like that of the guru and disciple: motivated by the desire of the guru to impart knowledge to the disciple.

The most valuable lesson I learned in dealing with the ups and downs was to invest in my employees - to do all I could for them when the times were good.

In my first company Seer Technologies where I was chief technology officer we shied away from the media. We watched every word and were guarded in front of journalists.

The IPO is no exit for the entrepreneur; it's the start of purgatory.

If anyone tells you that you're too old to be an entrepreneur or that you have the wrong background don't listen to them. Go with your gut instincts and pursue your passions.

Once we increase the proportion of women in technical roles the challenge is to retain them and ease the transition to senior positions.

The fact is that you are never too old to innovate.

We must first get over the myth that older workers can't innovate.