Pichai, Nadella and five other Indians who've made it big in Silicon Valley


Sundar Pichai's success story is the talk of Silicon Valley after he was appointed to lead Google's core products. The India-born Pichai will now oversee Google Research, Google+, Google Maps, search, ads and more, along with Chrome, Android and Google apps. He will be managing almost all key products, except YouTube.

But when it comes to Indians who have bagged enviable positions outside the country, Pichai is not alone. Of course, there's Satya Nadella who is touted to put an end to Microsoft's bad days with much-needed reforms and new ideas. But there are also other not-so-well-known Indians who occupy some of the most prestigious positions in top companies.

Here are five other Indians apart from Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella, who've made it big in Silicon Valley:

Rashmi Sinha, CEO  - Slideshare

 Pichai, Nadella and five other Indians whove made it big in Silicon Valley

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Rashmi Sinha is a co-founder of SlideShare - an website for viewing and sharing Office documents online and converting PowerPpint slides into video. Rashmi Sinha grew up in Allahabad, is a PhD from Brown University and earned a post-doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. She then gave up academia to start SlideShare with her husband. In an interview with Inc, she says "I'd rather we make a mistake, realize we did, and try something else instead of spending a lot of time thinking and not acting." She was named as World's Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company in 2008.

Vinod Khosla, Co-founder - Sun Microsystems

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An IIT Delhi graduate, Vinod Khosla is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems - the company which invented Java programming language. He is also known for his work in high-speed optical networks. In the book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist, he is said to have conceived the idea of a hardware box which would enable SONET over optical networks in order to handle large amounts of voice and data. Thus, he founded Cerent, a telecommunications company, which was later acquired by Cisco. He also played an instrumental role in launching Juniper Networks.

Amit Singhal, Senior VP  - Google

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While Sundar Pichai is known to be Google's blue-eyed boy, Amit Singhal is the company's lesser known jewels who heads its core ranking team. It's this team which controls how search results appear on the search engine. According to Wired, he rewrote the algorithm of the Google search engine in 2001, which earned him the "Google Fellow" title - a title reserved for its best engineers. Born and raised in Uttar Pradesh, Singhal is a Computer Science graduate from IIT Roorkee and went on to complete his M.S from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO  - Adobe

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After working for top-notch tech firms such as Apple and Silicon Graphics, India-born Shantanu Narayen handles Adobe's day-to-day global operations, product research and development, marketing and corporate development. According to Business Week, He also led the $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture and serves as one of the board of directors for companies such as Dell and Pfizer other than Adobe Systems. Mr. Narayen studied Electronics Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, before moving to the United States to acquire a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.

Padmasree Warrior CTO -  Cisco

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A Chemical Engineer from IIT Delhi and Cornell University, Padmasree Warrior was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Motorola before becoming the CTO of networking-equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems. Born and raised in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Warrior is expected to be the successor of Cisco CEO John Chambers. She currently oversees partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and new technologies at Cisco.

Sources: Forbes, Times of India, TechRepublic, Wikipedia


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