Can philanthropy drive innovation?

Written by Ashwin Rattan Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:39
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Desh Deshpande is bringing the market to MIT’s labs

My original plan had nothing to do with coming to the United States to become an entrepreneur,” says Gururaj Deshpande.


When the young man from southwestern India first settled in the Americas, his plan was to pursue graduate studies in electrical engineering at the University of New Brunswick, not far from Canada’s Atlantic coast. From there, he went to pursue a doctorate at Queens University in Ontario.


“Desh,” as everyone calls him, aspired to a career in teaching or research, perhaps at MIT, perhaps at Bell Labs.


After he completed his doctorate, Deshpande made a critical decision. 


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