Indian Techies & Their Dominion Over Silicon Valley
Indian techies are dominating the Silicon Valley, as they escalate themselves through powerful positions in some of the most powerful companies. They have moved across the seven seas and expanded the technological boundaries on a global scale with innovation and ideas. These talented Indians have not only earned a name for themselves but have also brought success and pride to the nation.
Even though Indians make up for 1% of the total American population, they’ve registered over 15% startups to their names, in Silicon Valley itself.
Here are 11 powerful Indians making it big in the tech world.
Satya Nadella got appointed as the CEO in Microsoft in 2014, replacing Steve Ballmer. Since then, the market value of Microsoft has increased by 130%.
He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People of the World in the Times Magazine.
Anand Chandrasekaran, who currently holds a directorial position in Facebook, has previously worked with Snapdeal, Yahoo, and Bharti Airtel. He landed in Facebook at an executive position and his focus is to develop global strategies and partnerships for the Facebook Messenger.
He is also one of the most active angel investors in the country and has bagged more than thirty angel investments in the past 2 years.
Jay Parikh joined Facebook in 2009 and is known to be one of the most intellectual leaders. Currently holding the position of VP – Engineering in Facebook, he is the man who gets things done. He is, without doubt, one of the brains responsible for the phenomenal growth of Facebook.
Sundar Pichai is one of those who has worked his way through to the top, becoming the CEO in Google. Products like Android and Google Chrome are very small parts of his exciting journey to date.
Caesar Sengupta completed his MBA in 2006 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Following this he joined Google, climbing the success ladder of becoming the VP and the Product Manager in the company.
From IIT-Madras, Sridhar Ramaswamy holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is currently a SVP – Ads & Commerce in Google. He has risen from the scratch and made his way to becoming the man in charge of product managers and engineers in the company.
The now CEO of Adobe and President of the Board at Adobe Foundation, Shantanu Narayen began his career at Apple, after which he moved on to become the director of the desktop at Silicon Graphics. He co-founded Pictra Inc., pioneering the concept of digital photo sharing.
He lives by the belief that “Preserving the status quo isn’t a winning strategy”.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Delhi and Master’s from Cornell University, Padmasree Warrior is currently the Chief Development Officer at NIO. NIO aims to introduce autonomous vehicles in the US by 2020.
Previously, she served as Senior VP in Motorola, moving on to become the CTO at Cisco Systems. She truly lives by the quote “Only I can change my life”.
Ruchi Sanghvi & Aditya Agarwal
This power couple of Silicon Valley, Ruchi and Aditya are some of the early engineers of Facebook, Ruchi being the first woman engineer in Facebook. After leaving Facebook they founded Cove, which is a collaboration-communication-coordination product for organisations. They then moved on to join Dropbox, who had acquired Cove in 2012.
From IIT-Delhi, Neeraj Arora kick-started his career journey with Time Internet, with a short stint at Google, finally moving on to WhatsApp. Neeraj is responsible for the rise of WhatsApp, a platform that has literally changed lives of many and given business to even the smallest vendors.
Rashmi Sinha, the CEO at SlideShare, has been listed among the 20 Most Influential Global Indian Women. She was listed among the Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs by Fortune Magazine in 2008.