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 CTO and 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?
Silicon Valley melting pot
April 26, 2022