If there is one question Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kanwal Rekhi would like to ask his longtime friend, Rajat K. Gupta, it would be this: "Why? Pray tell, why?" Gupta, the Kolkata-born former director of Goldman Sachs who shattered the proverbial glass ceiling in Corporate America when he became the first non-white and non-U.S.-born head of McKinsey & Co., is facing insider trading charges that carry a potential penalty of 105 years in prison.
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.