Vivek Wadhwa speaks in Milwaukee Thursday.
Vivek Wadhwa speaks in Milwaukee Thursday.

8 questions for Vivek Wadhwa

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation expects another sell-out crowd at its Economic Forum 2016 today, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at The Pfister Hotel. This year's event features Vivek Wadhwa as the keynote speaker, a futurist who is recognized as Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice for his ideas on technology trends, globalization and U.S. competitiveness.

In preparation for his visit to Milwaukee, via e-mail, I asked Wadhwa a few questions.

OnMilwaukee: Define success.  

Vivek Wadhwa: Success is making other people’s lives better, solving real problems.

What do you know Milwaukee? And what’s your perception of the Midwest compared to the coasts?

The weather sucks, but costs are lower, people are more humble and down to earth, and there are greater opportunities to build great startups with much less competition.

Fin-tech or health-tech: What’s hotter, and which has more opportunity to shake up its space?

Fin-tech is one of the many advancing technologies. There is a lot happening in finance, but the opportunities are even greater in fields such as medicine, robotics, digital manufacturing, deep learning and data analysis, next-generation transportation. Many technologies are now advancing on exponential curves and making it possible to turn science fiction into a reality. Frankly, when you can save the world, who really cares about finance?

Four suggestions to improve Twitter?

Get new management that understands its users. Right now, you have a bunch of elite frat boys who are suffering from group think. These people don’t know the opportunities outside Silicon Valley, the needs of the majority of its user base. Fix this, and the users will come.

What are reading now?

Drafts of my own book! Have been working for the past six weeks on the final version of my upcoming book, "The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future." The book discusses the amazing advances that are happening in technology and the two po…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Photo: OnMilwaukee Staff Writers)

Go purple with Sojourner and MilwaukeeHome

Last summer, my wife and I were honored to serve as hosts for Sojourner's 26th annual Tailgate for Peace at Miller Park. More recently, I got to walk the runway to help raise funds for Sojourner. 

Sojourner is a great organization, full of passionate people working hard to increase awareness about domestic violence and share the message that violence is not an acceptable behavior.  Yet, according to Sojourner, 74% of Americans know someone who has been abused. That's an alarming percentage.  So, we can all pitch in this October as it's Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – an annual, nation-wide campaign that's also part of Sojourner's MKE Peace Campaign, an initiative designed to increase awareness about domestic violence by "turning Milwaukee purple."

To do so, Sojourner has partnered with MilwaukeeHome to create special edition, purple MilwaukeeHome T-shirts.  Purple is a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence, and is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

If you wear the special-edition shirt, you'll not only support the cause but receive special deals when visiting the following Sojourner MKE Peace Partners:

Red Elephant
Lela Boutique
Gothic Milwaukee
The Brass Alley
Evolution Milwaukee
Clock Shadow Creamery
Milwaukee Food & City Tours
Purple Door Ice Cream
Lakefront Brewery

The shirts are great, and the cause greater.  So, buy one and when you wear it share it using #MKEPeace and tag @SojournerMKE.

T-shirts can be purchased at the MilwaukeeHome store, 159 N. Jackson St., suite 101 or at They are $30 each.