When Anand Mahindra and Mukesh Ambani had to hail an Uber taxi

Business tycoon Anand Mahindra has been sharing pictures from his US tour on Twitter. Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra was among the India business delegation at India-US Hi-Tech Handshake event which was a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent US tour. US President Joe Biden also had attended the event.

Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, Zerodha and True Beacon co-founder Nikhil Kamath and 3rdiTech co-founder Vrinda Kapoor were also a part of the India business delegation.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, AMD CEO Lisa Su, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams were among the American representatives who participated in the meeting. The meeting came at a time the two countries look to deepen their ties in the high-tech sector.

In the post, Mahindra said that after “tech handshake meeting, Mukesh Ambani, Vrinda Kapoor & I were continuing a conversation with the Secretary of Commerce and missed the group shuttle bus to the next lunch engagement. We were trying to call an Uber when we ran into NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. Time for a selfie and we also asked if we could hitch a ride on her space shuttle instead of an Uber.” He dubbed it as a “Washington moment.”

At the meeting, PM Modi said that said the coming together of Indian talent and US’s technological advancement guarantees a bright future.

On his part, Biden said their partnership will ensure a free, more secure and prosperous future for our children.

“Our cooperation matters, not just for our people but quite frankly to the whole world, as our partnership is about more than the next breakthrough or the next deal as big as they may be,” Biden said.

It is about tackling climate change, about exploring the universe, about lifting people out of poverty, preventing pandemics and giving our citizens real opportunity, the US president added.

India Inc has hailed Modi’s four-day state visit to the US as historic and path-breaking. SP Shukla, chairman of Mahindra Defence and Aerospace, said: “…It’s a trend-setting visit. PM Modi addressing US Congress for the second time sends out a very important message that the two nations wish to work together. The message goes to the industrial community, business, community, and policymakers and intent starts getting translated into action. Both leaders have clearly specified that technology will be the cornerstone of the partnership.”

Industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s (FICCI) President, Subhrakant Panda, said PM Modi’s landmark visit to the US has been very successful with several substantive outcomes relating to semiconductors defence acquisitions, access to critical technology, the Artemis Accord for space cooperation and the resolution of six outstanding trade disputes.

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