YPO April 2019

30 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SUMMER 2019 Dr. RaoMulpuri: CEO, View Inc. (YPOSFBay) Country of origin: India World impact: Revolutionized buildings to be human-centric and smart Born in India, Mulpuri moved to the United States in1989. As CEO of View Inc., he developed groundbreaking technology and products, including the launch of the world’s first commercial-scale, dynamic glass product that allows windows to vary their opacity based on the intensity of outside light. Since raising $2 billion in capital to fund growth, the company has grown at a rate of over 100 percent each year since 2012. Prior to View, Mulpuri was president of Novellus Systems Japan and vice president and general manager of the Integrated Metals Business Unit. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the board of directors of Kateeva, Inc. and the advisory board of the College of Engineering at Boston University. ElaineChao: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Country of origin: Taiwan World impact: First Chinese in American history to serve in U.S. presidential cabinet Chao is the current United States Secretary of Transportation and a member of the Republican Party. She was previously a Cabinet member in the administration of President George W. Bush and served as Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009, and also director of the Peace Corps under the same administration. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, to Chinese parents who had left mainland China in 1949, Chao was the first Asian-American woman and the first Chinese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet. Why Immigrants Can Make Great Entrepreneurs They are amazed by the opportunities. They are amazed by the quality of education and infrastructure and are struck by the lack of awareness and initiative from locals, who don’t always realize how much opportunity exists around them. They can deal with adversity. All entrepreneurs experience failure and rejection, but immigrants are better prepared than most.Immigrants are less likely to give up in the face of adversity, as many have already faced tough times. They’ve left family and friends behind and entered an unfamiliar nation full of complex bureaucracy, discrimination and new languages. They watch social cues. Outsiders fear making mistakes in new environments and become hyper-sensitive to signals that indicate trust or misunderstanding. As a result, many become good at reading people, which can potentially make them more perceptive. They bring fresh a perspective. They also bring new ideas about solving problems. TA IWAN

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