Wadhwa Visionary

Carnegie Mellon Fellow, author and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa was among the 2018 Silicon Valley Forum’s Visionary Award recipients named March 8. The Indian American entrepreneur will be honored at an event May 17. (siliconvalleyforum.com photo)

Indian American author, entrepreneur and Carnegie Mellon Fellow Vivek Wadhwa was among four individuals named as the Silicon Valley Forum’s 2018 Visionary Award honorees.

The Visionary Awards, now in its 21st year, recognizes Silicon Valley’s best, from up-and-coming entrepreneurs to lifelong company leaders, from seasoned investors to service providers, the forum said in a news release.

“Every year at our annual Visionary Awards, we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the absolute best of the best of Silicon Valley — the leaders whose work is synonymous with what makes this region so magnetic,” said forum chief executive Denyse Cardozo in a statement. “We’re proud to invite the Valley to join us this year as we celebrate the achievements of this extraordinary group.”

The Visionary Awards celebrate leadership in technology, education, venture capital, and entrepreneurship; the caliber of each honoree’s work—and their presence in their chosen fields—places the award recipients among the brightest stars of Silicon Valley, it added.

Wadhwa is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of "The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future”; “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent," which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012; and of "Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology," which documents the struggles and triumphs of women.

Wadhwa, a graduate of the University of Canberra and the New York University Stern School of Business, has held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.

Wadhwa, as well as recipients Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake, Black Girls Code founder and chief executive Kimberly Bryant, and entrepreneur and scientist Astro Teller, will be honored May 17 at an event in San Carlos, Calif.

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