India is blessed to be the third-largest start-up economy in the world. Unfortunately, there is a curse that comes with that blessing. That is, as indicated in a 2016 report issued by the IBM Institute for Business Value and Oxford Economics, 90 per cent of Indian start-ups fail within five years. The question is what can be done to reduce the number of failures? What are the secrets to success for India's budding entrepreneurs and its business start-ups? There are many. But, … [Read more...]
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For a large part of the 20th century, the fate and fortune of American big business and its “average citizens” were intertwined. In the 21st century, they are almost completely disconnected. Among the primary reasons for this disconnection are major corporations: offshoring millions of what were good paying American jobs through a process euphemistically called “globalization.” reducing the size of their incumbent workforce significantly through means such as organizational streamlining, … [Read more...]
WASHINGTON: Azamgarh-born Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam has been awarded the inaugural UP Ratna award for his contribution as a son of Uttar Pradesh. An Indian American friend, Dr Fazal Khan, received the award on Islam's behalf from UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on the opening day of the inaugural UP Pravasi Diwas in Agra on Monday. Islam, who came to the US in the early 1970s to study at University of Colorado, said the "award means much to me and I am most … [Read more...]
New Delhi, 27 Dec 2015: "I have received many awards. But, this award is extra special because it comes from my homeland. Uttar Pradesh is where my journey began," says Azamgarh-born Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank F. Islam on the announcement of Uttar Pradesh government to confer state's highest civilian award Uttar Pradesh Ratna on him at the UP Pravasi Diwas in Agra on 4th Jan 2016. Excerpts from interview with IndiaTomorrow.net : What was your reaction … [Read more...]
The battle over H-1B and L-1 reignited on Capitol Hill earlier this month, when two influential senators and long-term critics of the two visa programs introduced a new bill in the US Senate, calling to end their "abuses and protect American and foreign workers from exploitation”. The 'H-1B and L-1 Visa Reforms Act of 2015’, introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley - chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - and Dick Durbin - the chamber’s Democratic Whip - would ban companies from hiring … [Read more...]
WASHINGTON: Entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam would like fellow Indian-Americans to make a strategic investment in education in India as it is the great equalizer and opportunity creator. "Supporting educational institutions is one of our highest priorities because education is the key to opportunity and the bridge to the future," he said during the Second American Bazaar Philanthropy Dialogue and Dinner, organised by an ethnic publication here. Dozens of prominent … [Read more...]
BURLINGTON, MA--American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin honored Frank Islam with its prestigious "Pride of India" award during its 25th annual convention at Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA. Islam, a confident of President Obama and an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, donated $222,000 in May this year to Aligarh Muslim University in India. This is part of his $2 million commitment for the construction of a new management complex at the 140-year-old … [Read more...]
BURLINGTON, MA—In a speech to the 25th annual gathering of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin, Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam urged Indian diaspora to: “Do Well Here, To Do Good There.” He was also honored with AFMI’s prestigious “Pride of India” award. A close confident of President Obama, Mr. Islam donated $222,000 in May this year to Aligarh Muslim University in India. This is part of his $2 million commitment for the construction of a new … [Read more...]