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The Silicon Valley melting pot

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Like many in Silicon Valley high tech, I have faced the question of how we take advantage of globalization in technology development.  Last year, as part of pulling together my thoughts on this topic, I polled my immediate direct reports, that is the nine people who reported directly to me and whose performance reviews I filled out, but not including the people who reported to them or indirect (dotted line) reports.  Remarkably, together they speak or write 13 different languages: English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Tamil.  If one were to go down another level in the organization there are, of course, even more languages.  I may not have had a great globalization plan, but I am sure I had a great globalization team!  How can anyone doubt that technology is global or that Silicon Valley is still magical?

 

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