Rajan Anandan Quits Google After 8 Year Stint To Join Sequoia

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Google South East Asia and India Vice-President Rajan Anandan will leave the firm at the end of April, Google Asia Pacific President Scott Beaumont said on Tuesday.

Rajan Anandan, VP for Google South East Asia and India has chose to move on from the role. Additionally, Anandan has been a prolific investor in early stage companies personally and is one of the early evangelists of the local internet market.

"We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years".

He will be replaced in the interim by Vikas Agnihotri, who is now Google India's country director for sales but the company is looking for a new managing director for India, according to the Economic Times. 30%++ yoy (year on year) growth (revenues, not users).

In his new role at Sequoia, Anandan will help scale-up Surge, Sequoia's India focused accelerator for early-stage tech start-ups.

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The fund promises to invest up to $1.5 million across 10 to 20 companies twice a year.

"Rajan's deep understanding of technology, significant operating expertise and track record of growing tech businesses across the region", said Singh in the post.

A Sri Lankan Tamil, Anandan will join the other six MDs at Sequoia Capital India, three of whom are based in India and three in Singapore. "So it's a combination of both, we are a global as well as a local company".

Mentors of the Surge program already include Uber's Amit Jain and WhatsApp's Neeraj Arora, as well as executives of Indian hospitality firm, OYO Rooms, Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment company, Go-Jek, and Indian food search and delivery service, Zomato. Many billions of revenue and fastest growing region in the world. Anandan's move could set a precedent, they feel. Besides, he was a member of the Indian Angel Network and in 2017 and was appointed as the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). A B.Sc in mechanical engineering from MIT with a masters from Stanford, Anandan started his career at McKinsey in the USA where he spent over a decade and became partner on a fast track. Earlier, he worked with Dell India as Vice President and Country General Manager.

Prior to Google, Anandan has had stints at Microsoft, Dell and McKinsey & Co.

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