John Dvorak has broke what I think is a very important story today. He has done some digging into the history of Vivek Kundra, who is the Chief Information Officer of the US, appointed by President Obama. The information that Dvorak has dug up has maybe triggered as many questions as given answers. The most interesting allegations is that Kundra claims he has an MS in IT from the University of Maryland, yet the registrar has no information to verify that. It appears he may or may not have received a degree in biology from another nearby University. So, something is clearly strange with his supposed credentials.
The more interesting story regards Kundra’s claim that he was the CEO of a company called Creostar. Dvorak reveals:
The most ridiculous is his assertion that he was formerly a CEO of Creostar. While records for this company are hard to come by a small Dun & Bradstreet service did turn up the following information: there was indeed a Creostar in Arlington, VA. It was founded in 2004 with the contact being Vivek Kundra. The last record for the company (online) showed sales of $67,000 with one employee – apparently Kundra, the CEO.
In fact the only job that I could find within the various Kundra bios was that of a Sales Manager and/or a VP of Marketing at a software firm called Envincible. It was sold in 2004, the same time Kundra set up Creostar. Envincible was a small security software company that sold to Exostar. Note how Kundra used a similar name with Creostar.
Most revealing is a bio of Kundra that was redacted from the Washington, DC municipal site. Luckily it was archived by the web sweeper Archive.org. In that bio Kundra added even more icing to his University of Maryland career saying he “served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, teaching classes on emerging and disruptive technologies.”
So, apparently Kundra was the CEO of a bogus company that he started on his own to enhance his resume and claims educational accolades he hasn’t earned, sounds about like an Obama nominee.
So, the question that Dvorak and I would like answered is how did this guy get by our oh-so-awesome mainstream media and become the CIO, in charge of giving out billions of dollars of our money. The guy pretty much is a nut. I was listening to Dvorak and Adam Curry’s show No Agenda, a great podcast, and they were talking about this joker. Apparently Kundra believes we are not far off from Star Trek like holodecks and other crazy technology that is no where near invention. In fact, as Dvorak points out, there is no indication that this guy knows anything about technology. Most ethical administration ever!
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