Aneesh Chopra: A Smart if Unlikely Choice for U.S. CTO

Here’s the top of the post wrote for BusinessWeek’s TechBeat blog:

On Saturday morning President Barack Obama announced a surprising choice for the new position of U.S. chief technology officer: Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra. “In this role, Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities – from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure,” said President Obama in his radio address.

I have never met Chopra in person but I did interview the 37-year-old Indian American at length recently for a story I co-wrote reporting that states such as Virginia are going to aggressively seek federal broadband stimulus funds. And I have to say that he impressed me as a thoughtful and smart public servant who knew what he was talking about and was making things happen. I know the tech cognoscenti was hoping that the President would tap a high-profile person from Silicon Valley. But Chopra may very well have the chops to get the job done.

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One Response to “Aneesh Chopra: A Smart if Unlikely Choice for U.S. CTO”

  1. alwaysindian Says:

    All in all this should make Indians the world over very proud of the fact that an Indian origin American would be leading America’s technology innovations. my thoughts are right here…
    http://alwaysindian.com/2009/04/nri-aneesh-chopra-named-americas-chief-technology-officer/

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