But there I was, eating lunch at Saravana Bhavan in Sunnyvale (ahh, the things we endure on our spouses’ birthdays!) when I started noticing the t-shirts from local start-ups and NASDAQ 100 companies that stood out like a dense chain of barren, monochromatic islands among a colorful, undulating sea of saris. I wondered how many of these foreign-born tech-sters would still be here in one year’s time? Three years? Five years? Because in case you haven’t noticed, America is facing a brain drain unlike any in our history.
There are a few major problems that I think the US and Obama administration should be focused on. Getting brains to come back to the US and allowing them to stay here is one of them.
update- After this post went up, TechCrunch did this one about the startup visa idea which I support 100%. In fact I think it does not go far enough, we should be much friendlier to the brains that want to call the US home.