Why Indian-born tech talent is leading Silicon Valley

Activist investor Elliott Management will not have been the only one celebrating Twitter’s change of leadership last week. The stepping down of founder Jack Dorsey, following a year of pressure from the hedge fund led by billionaire Paul Singer, also marked another victory for India and its increasingly lauded education system. Parag Agrawal, the social media network’s 37-year-old outgoing technology chief, was picked to become the latest Silicon Valley leader who was born and educated in India, and the youngest boss on the S&P 500. He joins a growing power club. “Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and now Twitter [are] run by chief executives who grew up in India,” Patrick Collison, the Irish co-founder of online payments giant Stripe, pointed out on Twitter just after Agrawal’s appointment. In response, Elon Musk wrote to his 65m Twitter followers that the “USA benefits greatly from Indian talent”.

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