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They Made It!
Chinese, French, German, Indian, Israeli and other foreign born entrepreneurs
contributed to high tech innovation in the Silicon Valley, the US and Overseas.
ISBN: Paperback: 1-60005-075-1
They Made It!: How Chinese,
French, German, Indian, Iranian,
Israeli and other foreign
born entrepreneurs contributed
to high tech innovation in
the Silicon Valley, the US
leaders have been the stuff
of many business books over
the years with authors often
promising to deliver THE key
ingredients that can guarantee
the readers success in their
As we all know by now, there
is no "secret sauce."
But there are a number of
"recipes for success"
with specific ingredients
that if applied, may smooth
the path upward.
These recipes are the result
of conversations with foreign-born
(as well as US) Silicon Valley/US
entrepreneurs who tell it
as it is. Each leader tells
a unique, personal story of
how s/he came to the US and
ultimately made it.
If you plan to immigrate to
the U.S. and establish yourself
in Silicon Valley, or if you
are just curious to find out
what make these extraordinary
individuals tick, you can
listen to these foreign-born
professionals and gain personal
insight into the fulfillment
of their ambitions and dreams.
you should read this book:
insight into the way leaders
from different countries
and cultures act and think
cultural differences and
what influences these
differences can have
to know leading entrepreneurs
from a more personal,
what awaits you if you
plan to come to the US/Silicon
Valley to work or develop
your own start-up
the individual voices
speak about their own
development - what did
they have to face, what
obstacles did they overcome?
of this book will benefit
from seeing the personal side
of these Silicon Valley/US/Overseas
executives interviewed and
by getting insight into how
they live and how they got
to where they are today. Many
inspiring stories will motivate
you to emulate those interviewed
for the book. Additionally,
there are lessons learned,
12 Recipes for Success and
policy implications based
on the status of H1-B visas,
the employment of foreign-born
professionals and the potential
for missing out on attracting
future leaders from abroad.
Table of Contents
Valley: A Slice of Life
Why the Book
Selection of executives
Silicon Valley today:
latest survey data from
The Foreign-born Entrepreneurs:
The Interviews: Major
The Academic Businessmen
The Start Up Wizards
The Corporate Wizards
The Overseas Entrepreneur
The Philanthropic Entrepreneurs
The American Hosts
Conclusion: Lessons from
12 Recipes for Success
A: List of Questions Asked
B: List of Universities
C: List of Primary Jobs
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They Made It!
How Chinese, French, German, Indian, Iranian, Israeli and Other Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Contributed to High-Tech Innovation in Silicon Valley, teh U.S. and Overseas.
by Angelika Blendstrup,
"Immigrants from Andy Grove,
to Vinod Khosla, to Sergey Brin have made Silicon Valley the extraordinary success
it is today. This book provides valuable lessons learned from the successful entrepreneurs
that will prove inspiring to people from every country."
Westly, Founder and CEO, The Westly Group, Former California State Controller
you are looking for the high road to success in business and in life...if you
are fascinated by the Silicon Valley dream and the stories of people who have
shaped it, you have found a unique guide with Angelika Blendstrup's new book.
This book will help you stand on the shoulders of giants and remind you when you
need it that anything is possible, that you can change the world and truly achieve
Christian Forthomme, CEO, RealChange®, Aptos,
"This is a wonderfully crafted
book that illustrates the entrepreneurial spirit of America in general, and Silicon
Valley in particular. Angelika's personal story, together with the inspirational
tales of those interviewed, strikes a chord with all generations and communities,
collectively pursuing the American Dream."
Milan Mantri, Controller,
Digital Chocolate, Co-Chair (Net-IP 2005)
come to Silicon Valley drawn by the possibility of realizing their dreams and
creating their own start-ups. The stories in this book by the international entrepreneurs
of the Valley are a valuable resource and will give these newly arrived business
men and women insights they might not have received otherwise."
Raynaud, Managing Director, GABA [German American Business Association]
fascinating book! Dr. Angelika Blendstrup has put together an accomplished and
valuable composition on immigrants, their success and faith in progress. Her book
portrays the American dream magnificently, or better said: the Silicon Valley
Francois Dubrulle, Co-Founder and CEO of The Green Satellite
"Reading this book, I really got the sense of what some of
these successful entrepreneurs went through. The greatest lesson is that most
were able to rise to such great heights out of such ordinary beginnings. There
wasnt any magic other than a desire to move forward toward a vision, and
the willingness to work at it. This book will bring greatness to you because you
can see doing it yourself i.e., changing the world is really not that unreachable
after all and that, IMHO, is the greatest take-away out of reading this
Scott SF Tse, Co-President of CSPA, www.cspa.com
experiences vecues ainsi decrites dans ce recueil d'interviews permettent de vraiment
toucher du doigt le magique ecosystem de la Silicon Valley"
de Beauregard, Co-founder and CEO, Netcipia
Also watch Part 2 and Part 3 of the video.
List of interviewees and their country of origin:
- Andy Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems
- "My passion in life, if you will, is to simply build
Vieux, Chairman/CEO Red Herring (France)
Peleg, Director, SAP (Israel)
Wang, CMO, Google Asia (China)
de Geus, CEO, Synopsys (Netherlands/Switzerland)
Penzias, Venture Partner, New Enterprises Associates, Nobel Prize, 1978
- Charly Kleissner,
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation (Austria)
- "Humanity and the
planet, we're all one and there are different shades and different grades and
we need to listen to that."
Foon Chan, CFO, Synopsys (China)
Maydan, CEO Emeritus, Applied Materials (Israel)
Bitton, VP, SAP (France)
Benhamou, Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Gobal Ventures (France)
we say in Silicon Valley, you have to learn not to drink your own Cool Aid."
- Eric Buatois, Managing
Partner, Sofinnova (France)
- George Shultz,
Former US Secretary of State, Hoover Institute, Stanford University (US)
Schmidt, CEO, Goggle, (written answers) (US)
Gecht, CEO, EFI (Israel)
- "Life and management are about
conflict. When you become a CEO, the key to being successful is actually to pick
up what's the right decision, not to be right."
Kawasaki, Managing Partner, Garage Technology Ventures (US)
father certainly instilled in me spirit: "Don't be afraid of anybody, and
don't take crap from anybody." My father was a real maverick. "
- John Hennessy, President,
Stanford University (US)
- Henry Wong,
Founder and Managing Director, Diamond Venture Technology (China)
key word to everyone here is the process. Enjoy the journey."
Olayan, Chairman, Olayan Group, (Saudi Arabia)
Elahian, Chairman, Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners (Iran)
Onetto, SVP, Solectron (France)
Delbourg-Delphis, Interim CEO, (France)
Rivera, Lawyer, Google, (Puerto Rico/US)
Goldhaber, Managing Partner, Claremont Creek Ventures (US)
Kordestani, SVP, Google (Iran)
Courtot, CEO, Qualys (France)
Lu, SVP, Yahoo (China)
- "I'm a believer of chance, it
favors the prepared mind. If you are prepared, you perhaps are better equipped
to capture and to capitalize on some of the opportunities ahead of you."
- Raj Singh, CEO, Sonoa
- "The biggest thing is- you have to have the passion to
follow your dream and you have to have the determination to convert that into
Gupta, Professor of Computer Science, UCSD (India)
Murthy, Founder & COO, Xambala (India)
- "Because life
is not just spice and curry, you know. There are other things, so keep an open
- Sarit Firon,
CFO, Olive Software (Israel)
- Scott McNealy,
Co-Founder and Chairman, Sun Microsystems (US) (written answers)
Narayen, COO/President, Adobe (India)
Westly, Founder & CEO, The Westly Group (US)
there's anything that I have seen change in my life, it's that victory goes not
to people who are right or who are the smartest, but to people who realize that
the world is changing very rapidly, and the winners have to get there first."
- Suhas Patil, CEO, Cradle
Technologies, (Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Cirrus Logic) (India)
Cerf, Chief Evangelist, Google (US)
- "The biggest challenge,
to be quite honest with you, was getting the Internet into operation."
- Wu Fu Chen, Founding Partner,
Genesis Campus Acorn Campus and Dragon Investment
Additional interviews will be featured
An interview with the author on
Price Waterhouse's Radio Show: http://tinyurl.com/2vceam
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Angelika Blendstrup, Ph.D., is the founder
and principal of Blendstrup
& Associates. She specializes in individualized, intercultural business
communication training, accent reduction and presentation skill coaching. She
works with international as well as US executives to assist them in improving
their written and oral communications skills, and prepares them how to write and
give effective presentations.
Angelika holds a Ph.D.
in Bilingual, Bicultural Education from Stanford University. She speaks five languages
and has taught US business communications skills to international executives both
privately as well as in companies in the Silicon Valley such as DreamWorks, Sun
Microsystems, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco.
teaches classes at Stanford University on topics such as cross cultural communication,
managing virtual teams and the art of interviewing successfully.
is also a Co-Executive Editor of the Happy About International Business Communications
series. Angelika can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org