Ashok Rao

Ashok Rao is a serial entrepreneur with four successful high technology start ups. He is the president of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Houston Chapter, and Chairman of the Board of TiE Global. Currently he is Chairman & CEO of Whodini Inc. He did his BS in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and MS at Marquette University, and also has a Diploma in Financial Management from the London School of Economics. Ashok has been a guest lecturer at Rice University, a Trustee at Franklin Pierce University and was the President of the North-American operations of Enron Corporation from 1996/1997.
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The Indian Diaspora - Past, Present and Future (Part III)

Ashok Rao, a serial entrepreneur, discusses the Indian Diaspora and its past, present, and future in this three part series. To read part two, click here. III. Success and Future So what is the future for our diaspora? Well, the answer is not that simple and could most accurately be answered by, “It depends.” It depends on a variety of factors, some within our control, but most not.... Continue Reading

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The Indian Diaspora - Past, Present and Future (Part II)

Ashok Rao, a serial entrepreneur, discusses the Indian Diaspora and its past, present, and future in this three part series. To read part one, click here. II. History of the Indian Diaspora  Let us a take a quick look at the Historical Evolution of the Indian Diaspora, which numbers around 30 million. It is worthwhile and most instructive. The history of migration from India dates back... Continue Reading

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The Indian Diaspora - Past, Present and Future (Part I)

Ashok Rao, a serial entrepreneur, discusses the Indian Diaspora and its past, present, and future in this three part series.  When I was asked to write this article on the topic “The Indian Diaspora – Past, Present and Future,” I wondered what could I write that you, the reader, didn't know already. After all, in the US particularly, our Indian diaspora tends to be well-read,... Continue Reading

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and entrepreneurship are two inextricably linked topics that have formed the modern day world as we now know it. Innovation is a misunderstood word. So-called experts usually give it a vague, aspirational definition in the sense of “fresh thinking that creates value”. We are asked to believe that the term “innovative” is synonymous with “new” or... Continue Reading

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