I'm Vinita Gupta

A technology entrepreneur who has lived in the Silicon Valley for over 40 years. Through my writings I reflect on:

  • What makes Silicon Valley tick — an insider perspective
  • How I struggled in elevating my own thinking beyond the obvious to achieve success in both the business world and in winning high-pressure bridge championships
  • Why it is important to have gender equality and what may be holding us back

Born in India, I am shaped by Eastern-Hindu culture and am a fan of Dalai Lama’s philosophy of life.

Through my teen and professional years, I marched to the tune of an ambitious scholar and a professional, and have been extremely driven to be at the top of the ladder. As a result, I achieved “top 5 percentile” in most major endeavors of life: I graduated from UCLA in Electrical Engineering with a 4.0 GPA, started my own technology company, and took it public. Now married for 44 years, my husband and I have raised our two daughters while running her-and-his companies. Undoubtedly, aiming high is important… but I have since learned, there is more to life. After my unplanned early retirement at 55, I found myself lost for the next several years, which ultimately reshaped me. Past accomplishments seemed less significant, and now I see why. The past matters only to the extent that we can leverage lessons learned for the future.

At 68, I can only afford to pursue the most meaningful things. To do that, my observations must be more precise, acuter, and I must not be blinded by my own biases. My words and actions must reflect my thoughts with integrity and doubts. As a result in the past five years, I started competing in Bridge championships, the toughest mind game; I started writing on ‘Huffington Post’ and now publish on my own blog, in the hopes of sharing my perspective and experiences; and I have picked up oil painting again, after almost 35 years to impel soothing creativity. I have found a common thread between all these diverse endeavors along with my expansive business experience, which has revitalized me, as I now have found the freedom to fail and relearn.