Consider the following companies:
Microsoft, Google, Adobe, NetApp, Micron, Palo Alto Networks, Google Cloud, VMware, WeWork and IBM. All these are American companies. Their Market Capitalisation as on 3/Feb/2020 is:
|Company Name||Market Capitalisation (US $)||CEO/COO|
|Microsoft||1.321 T||Satya Nadella|
|1.02 T||Sundar Pichai|
|Adobe||173.42 B||Shantanu Narayen|
|NetApp||12.38 B||George Kurian|
|Micron||59.85 B||Sanjay Mehrotra|
|Palo Alto Networks||23.10 B||Nikesh Arora|
|Google Cloud||225 B||Thomas Kurien|
|VMware||62.17 B||Sanjay Poonen|
|IBM||129.85 B||Arvind Krishna|
|WeWork||< 5 B||Sandeep Mathrani|
While the valuations are not surprising, the last column shows something very interesting. All these CEOs or COOs are Indians. Many reasons have been put forth for the success of Indians at the very top in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal in 2015 quoted a then recent cross-cultural study from Southern New Hampshire University that examined managers from the US and India. The study found that more Indian managers achieved the highest ranking in terms of leadership traits. The same study also mentioned that Indian managers are future-oriented and had a “paradoxical blend of genuine personal humility and intense professional will. These leaders achieved extraordinary results and built great organisations without much hoopla”.
All these Indian leaders built their careers as technologists before getting into sales, marketing and management.