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If I’m a graduate from India now, I might not come to US: Adobe CEO

In a podcast with Nicolai Tangen, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen highlighted a significant shift: most Indian graduates now prefer to pursue postgraduate studies in India due to abundant opportunities.

By Rashaad Ather
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Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen recently appeared for a podcast interview with Nicolai Tangen, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management.

Although the main point of discussion revolved around ‘How can setting unreasonable expectations lead to innovation and success?’, Nicolai and Narayen also touched upon the tech boom in India.

Narayen shared that the tides have changed and most of the graduating students are opting to do their PG degrees from India only.

“Not a lot of those (graduating students) are coming, maybe institutions from India 5% are coming, because there’s so much opportunity in India.”

He added: “Perhaps, if I was graduating right now (in India), I’m not sure I would come to the US.” 

Nicolai and Shantanu also discussed the impact of AI on creativity, the founders' lasting influence on Adobe's culture, Shantanu's upbringing in India, the importance of education and how he never takes no for an answer.

The podcast In Good Company is part of Norges Bank Investment Management, a podcast about our investments. 

Nicolai conducts in-depth interviews with the leaders of some of the largest companies in the world. 

About Shantanu Narayen:

Shantanu Narayen is the chairman, president, and CEO of Adobe. He joined the company in 1998 and became its CEO in 2007.

Before his successful journey at Adobe, he was a super-talented product developer at Apple and even co-founded a cool photo-sharing startup, Pictra.

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Management Advisory Board.

Narayen was born in Hyderabad, India, and came to the U.S. to pursue a master's degree at Bowling Green State University.