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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 immigrating 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.
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“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 CEO’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.