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 Valleyâ€™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. Â
Vivek Wadhwa: Success is making other peopleâ€™s lives better, solving real problems.
What do you know Milwaukee? And whatâ€™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: Whatâ€™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?
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