An Innovation Factory Looks to India

Steve Hamm

Satyam Cherukuri left India and came to America more than 20 years ago to seek a graduate degree. Now the CEO of Sarnoff Corp. is retracing his steps. Not content to rely on American and European scientists to produce innovations for his research-for-hire outfit, he has set up an outpost in Bangalore. This is a clear sign that India isn't just a source of low-cost tech labor. It's a vital part of the global brain pool. Cherukuri's move is smart. Any tech company that doesn't tap into the best scientific talents in the world wherever they may be, is likely to get its butt kicked before too long.

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