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Nick Desai
Nick Desai is a serial entrepreneur who's successfully raised millions of dollars of venture capital to create and lead companies that positively shape the way we live, work and communicate. His latest start-up has helped thousands of everyday American families lead better lives and is an award-winning pioneer in healthcare tech. Nick is impassioned by effective leadership and is inspired by great leaders who create new industries, fuel economies and help societies thrive. Through his unique vantage point, perched atop the intersection of business, education, science, and politics, Nick is able to offer a fuller picture of the issues affecting our rapidly evolving society. Nick holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife reside in Southern California and, together, embarking on their most ambitious endeavor to date: raising their new identical twin boys.

Entries by Nick Desai

From the Civil War to My Own Youth: The War Against Bigotry Rages On

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 1:27 PM

In 1979 I was the victim of a vicious hate crime. Two 11-year-olds from my fifth-grade class (I was 9) shoved me into a smelly 30-gallon trashcan, face first, and called me "sand nigger" repeatedly while they spat their snot on my face and body. As I cried in humiliation...

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47 Senators, Mainstreaming Hate and the Prospects for 2016

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:04 AM

When the 45th president of the United States is sworn in, we will know two things for certain: that Barack Obama was an incredibly successful president, and that the GOP and right-wing lynching of Mr. Obama has nothing to do with his track record or any measure of...

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From Measles to the Metric System: Progress Is Not a Communist Plot

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 9:43 AM

In the mid 1970s President Carter began a valiant and necessary effort to advance the U.S. to the metric system. Forty years later, with our students already ranked below 29 other countries in math skills, our kids are struggling to understand that 12 inches equals one...

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Common-Sense Gun Laws: Because There Are No Drive-By Knifings

(221) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Gun ownership and civilian gun deaths are a uniquely American issue amongst developed countries. The US had over 32,000 gun deaths last year. Far more than any other developed country. Our rate of gun ownership -- 89 guns per 100 civilians -- is nearly 15 times...

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The Raging Fire of Racial Injustice

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:04 PM

What the hell is happening in America? Are some people so threatened by the election of Barack Obama that it's open season on minorities? How did we come to this unequal and disturbing place where a white 18-year-old can carry a gun into a grocery store legally, yet an unarmed...

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Thankful for an Income, Hoping for Equality

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:43 AM

The opportunity to work hard and provide comfortably for my family is something I am especially grateful for on this day of giving thanks. As most of us prepare to feast on a cornucopia of lovingly prepared foods, I am acutely aware that the basic necessity of a living wage...

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Bold Steps Toward a Better America

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Last night, President Obama took a bold step worthy of a great president and invited 5 million immigrants to "come out of the shadows." Hopefully, once the new Congress is sworn in, he'll be equally courageous in vetoing the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. GOP and...

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Race, Religion and the Search for Equality in a Post-Obama America

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:19 PM

The worst part of the racist backlash to Obama's presidency isn't seen in comments such as these, made on Fox News' web site recently. The breakdown of any race- or gender-driven barrier intensifies bigotry, so a certain amount of vestigial racism was to be expected with the election...

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What Now?

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:28 PM

The only thing I know for sure from yesterday's election result is that I owe a conservative friend a steak dinner over a bet about Senate control. Right-wing pundits and spin-masters are already presenting last night as a stinging rebuke of President Obama, a head start...

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Divided We Fail

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Seven weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility that the GOP would win back the Senate by misinforming the public, debasing the presidency and inflicting great damage on the American people. Today, that possibility seems more real than ever. Regardless of Tuesday's outcome, we'll have a divided government...

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In Defense of College

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 6:57 PM

The right-wing media are convinced that President Obama is purposely trying to bring Ebola to the United States, vaccination rates in wealthy LA schools are as low as those in the Sudan, and a full 65 percent of Americans cannot name a single Supreme...

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Ebola, Gay Marriage and Global Warming

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:03 PM

No doubt Ebola is a serious global health issue, but to hear the right-wing media tell it, the one current US case of Ebola, unfortunately contracted by a health care worker, is tantamount to the zombie apocalypse being all but a foregone conclusion. That one case is, according to the...

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The Virtue of Restraint

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:47 PM

"We ought to bomb them back to the Stone Age," said Ted Cruz about ISIS. There it is. There is the red meat, gung-ho, "cowboy diplomacy" sound bite that gets the war drums beating. Sure beats "we don't have a strategy yet," right? Not if you're actually paying...

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Colleges Should Be About Education First

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 6:30 PM

On Friday, a federal judge ruled against the NCAA, paving the way for college athletes to get paid. Paid even more, that is. The average cost of a four-year college education can exceed $300,000 -- and most Division I NCAA basketball and football athletes get that entire education,...

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Fixing Our Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Our democracy is broken. Eighty-five percent of Americans do not approve of the current Congress. Seventy-four percent of Americans say the 113th Congress has been unproductive. They are right. This Congress is on track to pass the least number of laws ever, even fewer...

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Climate Change and the American Way

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:41 PM

We Americans, myself included, are carefree users of energy. Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, we have enjoyed abundantly available and affordable energy so we're spoiled. Given that, a large degree of apathy toward the climate change crisis is neither unexpected nor intolerable. We want our lights to turn...

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Progress: How Badly Do We Want It?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:57 PM

It's easy to make fun of the far right. Their obsession with guns, their desire to push their preachy religiosity on the rest of us, their denial of basic science, their weird focus on women's reproductive systems and their hypocritical self-loathing view of Americans make them easy targets. Facebook is...

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