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The Other One PercentIndians in America$
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Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur, and Nirvikar Singh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.001.0001

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Entrepreneurial Narratives, Niches, and Networks

Entrepreneurial Narratives, Niches, and Networks

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(p.233) 6 Entrepreneurial Narratives, Niches, and Networks
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The Other One Percent
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Sanjoy Chakravorty

Devesh Kapur

Nirvikar Singh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.003.0006

This chapter begins with the core story of Indian-American entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, centered on the workings of The Indus Entrepreneurs, the community’s powerful networking and mentoring organization. Interviews and case studies illustrate geographical variations, gender experiences, and ethnic clustering, as well as generational shifts and continuities in entrepreneurship choices and acculturation processes. Types of ethnic networks are also explored in the context of two of the dominant groups among earlier Indian immigrants: Gujaratis and Punjabis. The American experience of these groups is related to their socioeconomic backgrounds before migration, affecting their human and social capital. The authors also explore, in the case of Punjabis, the distinctive religious minority status of most of them as Sikhs. Other aspects of acculturation are considered in this context, as well as earlier themes of geographic and occupational clustering. This chapter also considers changing patterns of social entrepreneurship, illustrating ties to India and assimilation processes.

Keywords:   Immigrant entrepreneurship, entrepreneur networks, entrepreneur clusters, Silicon Valley, motel industry, social entrepreneurship

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