Indian Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: The Making of a by Monica Rao Biradavolu

By Monica Rao Biradavolu

Written by way of Monica Biradavolu (a sociologist at Yale University), this leading edge learn examines the emergence and becoming energy of a brand new team of immigrant Indians to the USA: the transnational techno-capitalist classification of marketers working on the higher echelons of the hi-tech in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. Imbibing the tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, spotting the significance of creating robust networks, and depending upon their academic skills, specialist credentials and robust but invisible kin help, Indians are taking part in a valuable position in redefining what it capability to be an 'immigrant entrepreneur' from a 'developing country'. those strong actors are negotiating all alone phrases and forging their very own transnational house within the international software program to develop into a transnational capitalist classification, with allegiance to worldwide capitalism and a political undertaking of pushing the tips and beliefs of capitalism in either their 'home' and 'adopted' international locations. This a huge publication for these in ethnic and immigrant stories.

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By letting the observed inform the researcher, “culture” can refer to either consensus (in the form of shared meanings) or relationships of conflict (culture as a site of contestation) (Hall, 1993). In doing the same when referring to the “culture” of Silicon Valley, I therefore apply indigenous rather than analytical uses of the term. Thus, empirical observations consistently point to two aspects that are frequently commented upon when describing the culture of Silicon Valley. The first is an unusual degree of informality and openness, even among competitors.

The Creation of a Technical Community 33 It might be argued that, faced with a lack of advancement in ranks of management, Indians sought out their ethnic group members to organize around a common cause. Thus, it was reactive solidarity that propelled them to build ethnic networks. However, the question still remains as to why this group resource was not invoked previously and why it emerged only in the past decade. Also, reactive solidarity is best used to explain why groups that are not entrepreneurial in their origin countries become so on arrival into host societies.

Early on, the British realized that they needed to become better acquainted with the territory they controlled because every accumulation of knowledge was thought to be useful to the state. To gather the required information, the British set out to 46 INDIAN ENTREPRENEURS IN SILICON VALLEY “enumerate” India—and collecting data became a virtual obsession. Behind the number-generating imperative, argues Ludden (1996), was the Enlightenment rubric of objective science, the belief that “discovering” India would produce scientific truths of universal validity.

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