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Practicing Technologist

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 15 Feb 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Today, the hardware that runs all software — semiconductors or chips — has become a subject of WhatsApp groups and international politics. The chip shortage during COVID-19 made governments take notice of this complex supply chain. The US began denying advanced semiconductors to Chinese companies. Worsening China-Taiwan relations further intensified the debate. By 2022, China, the US, India, the EU, and Japan had released plans worth billions of dollars for setting up new semiconductor facilities.

Join us for a conversation discussing the geopolitics of this “meta-critical” technology anchored on the book ‘When the Chips Are Down: A Deep Dive into a Global Crisis‘ by Pranay Kotasthane and Abhiram Manchi. It will be moderated by Shrinivas Gorur and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


Pranay Kotasthane


Pranay Kotasthane is Chairperson of the High-Tech Geopolitics at the Takshashila Institution. He is a co-author of a new book, “When the Chips Are Down: A Deep Dive into a Global Crisis”. Pranay co-hosts the popular Hindi podcast Puliyabaazi. Before Takshashila, Pranay worked as a chip design engineer.

Shrinivas Gorur

Practicing Technologist

Shrinivas Gorur is a practicing technologist who trained as an Aeronautical Engineer. He loves problem solving, especially when it involves innovatively using technology to solve problems with significant positive impact to society and community. His corporate career has spanned management consulting (incl the Big Four), some of the largest companies besides a startup. Shrini’s corporate career over the last decade is focused on technology in the retail industry. He is a graduate of  IIT Bombay and has a Doctorate from Oxford University.