CTO of Cloudera: I Absolutely Recommend People Go Into High-Tech Fields
Amr Awadallah is a highly successful entrepreneur whose views on tech issues are in demand in Silicon Valley. Amr came to America planning to earn a Ph.D. at Stanford and then to return to Egypt and become a professor. Instead, he was able to work on visas (J-1 and then H-1B) and became another in a long line of highly successful immigrant entrepreneurs in America. (Read his full story here.) #Cloudera, the company he co-founded in 2008, is known as an innovative company focused on delivering a modern platform for data management and analytics, helping medical researchers fight disease, assisting governments in combatting terrorism, and providing companies a way to get the most out of their data. Cloudera, valued at $4.1 billion, employs more than 1,400 people worldwide to serve customers around the globe, including more than 1,000 employees in the United States. For those wondering, relatively few employees are foreign nationals on H-1B visas, in part because the current visa process can take too long to get someone on board for a fast-moving, growing company.