Indians Do It Better

Until full assimilation occurs, Vosmek wishes more women would act like Indians.

In 1992, a group of male Silicon Valley executives with roots in the Indus region realized they were being treated like second-class citizens. They created the first chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). “We had foreign accents, different educations and values. We dressed differently. People thought, ‘I can’t put this guy in front of a client, I can’t invest in this guy’s company,’ ” says Vivek Wadhwa, a serial entrepreneur and academic who founded the Carolinas chapter of TiE. “We couldn’t pretend there wasn’t a problem.”

Members of TiE systematically sponsored and invested in each other. Each prosperous Indian found a promising protégé ...

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