Andy Grove has now taken on the issue of offshoring and he, like so many people, is worried that it will harm the US's software and services business. However, unlike many of the people who are just complaining about it, he has some suggestions on ways to deal with the issue that shouldn't harm our ability to compete. The biggest issue he sees is that American universities are no longer on the forefront of technology research, and we're not churning out enough qualified technologists - so his main focus is on improving funding for research and development at universities. He also suggests adopting "policies" that attract better workers, but doesn't detail what those are. Some in the audience where he gave his talk pointed out that Intel, the company he remains chairman of, is a big part of the outsourcing trend, and Grove responds with something of a cop-out, saying that without public policy assistance they have no choice but to export jobs. I would have expected better from Grove, whose opinion I usually agree with. Outsourcing certain jobs to where they can be done better and cheaper while also creating new jobs at home can be done together - and shouldn't require government support. The real issue is what needs to be done for the company to remain competitive so that it can (and will) create new American jobs.
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