Famous Indians in Silicon Valley…..

source:::::silicon india net….

Indians have played a prominent role in developing Silicon Valley as the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. Their successful contributions in diverse fields have helped them to establish themselves in Silicon Valley quite effortlessly. Here is a list of some noteworthy Indian Americans in Silicon Valley-

Vinod Khosla

Khosla is a business enterprise entrepreneur and influential personality in Silicon Valley who was recently included in the Forbes’ list of Indian-American Billionaires, with a net worth $1.3 billion.

Khosla, who was one among the co-founders of Sun Microsystems worked as its first CEO and Chairman and later on he got into a venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers as a general partner. He came up with his own firm Khosla Ventures in the year 2004 and is currently heading it.

According to Forbes, he is a rare Silicon Valley venture capitalist who has the potential to produce profits from a clean tech portfolio.

Khosla holds a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Amit Singhal

Singhal is a top ranking software engineer in Google who was honoured with the title ‘Google Fellow’ (a title meant for most talented engineers) for his work on Google’s Algorithm.

Singhal joined Google in the year 2000 after leaving his post as a researcher at AT&T Labs (the former Bell Labs).He leads the core ranking team of Google and works to better up the accuracy, speed, and thoroughness of Google search.

He was named in the list of smartest people in tech by ‘Fortune’ and ‘India Abroad’ recognized him as one of 50 most influential Indian Americans.

Singhal received a B.Tech degree in computer science from IIT Roorke and an M.S. from University of Minnesota in 1991. He continued his studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and received a Ph.D. degree in the year 1996.

Romesh Wadwani

Wadwani is the chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm. According to a survey by Forbes, he is the richest Indian American, with a net worth of 2 billion dollars.

Wadhwani has been successful in raising the revenue of the company. With his leadership and management experience he has taken the company to greater heights in the technology industry with a total employee count of 15,000 in less than a decade. This California based company specializes in acquisition, growth capital, and turnaround transactions.

Wadwani is one among the two Indian Americans who pledged to give away half of his wealth to philanthropy, as a part of the campaign, ‘’ Giving Pledge’.

Wadhwani holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of technology, Bombay. After moving to U.S in the year 1969 he received an M.S and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University based in Pennsylvania.

Kanwal Rekhi

Kanwal is a managing partner of Inventus Capital Partners, a venture firm investing in technology-powered companies. He has been associated with more than 50 start-ups in the Silicon Valley, including prominent ones such as Exodus Communications, Versata and Instantis.

Rekhi has completed Electrical Engineering from IIT, Bombay and masters from Michigan Technological University. In the year 1997, Rekhi was honored with a Doctorate in Business and Engineering from Michigan Tech.

Rob Chandra

Rob Chandra is a partner in Bessemer’sMenlo Park office who mainly focuses on consumer internet investments, particularly in upcoming markets such as India.

Chandra started his career with IBM. He has also served as a general partner with Commonwealth Capital Ventures and as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Co.

Rob holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Forbes Magazine recognized him as a top dealmaker in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola.

At Cisco, her duty includes aligning technology development and corporate strategy to facilitate the company to foresee, shape and lead chief market transitions. She is also in charge of strategic partnerships; mergers and acquisitions, incorporation of new business models, incubation of new technologies; and the development of world-class technical talent.

Warrior has been honoured with numerous prestigious awards such as the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame in the year 2007.

Warrior holds a degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and masters in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

Sundar Pichai

Pichai is an Indian-American computer engineer, who currently serves the post of Senior Vice President of Google chrome. He is the person who gave the first demonstration of Google Chrome OS in the year 2009.

Pichai directs the innovation team which concentrates fully on Google’s search products, which includes Google Toolbar, Chrome, Desktop Search, Gadgets, Google Pack, Google Gears, Firefox extensions and Mac products.

Many prominent firms including Twitter have tried to make Pichai a part of their company, but Google rewarded him with an amount of $50 million to stop him from quitting. He has earlier worked for ‘Mc Kinsey & Company’ and ‘Applied Materials’ before joining Google in the year 2004

Sundar Pichai completed his engineering from IIT Kharagpur and he holds an MS and MBA from Stanford University and Wharton school respectively.

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is a technology entrepreneur and academic.

Wadhwa plays a prominent role in instituting start-up visa, which will help entrepreneurs with proven job creation and company size obtain long-term visas. According to Wadhwa if this movement is not executed skilled immigrants will be gone. He also adds, ‘’they’ll be back home building the next Googles and Intels in other countries, and we will wake up five years from now and wonder how we let this happen.”

Wadhwa was honoured with the title “leader of tomorrow” by Forbes magazine in the year 1999 and he received the “2012 Outstanding American by Choice” award by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Wadhwa holds a B.A. in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra, in Australia, and an MBA from New York University.  He is founding president of the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship.

Vish Mishra

Vish Mishra is a venture capitalist with Clearstone Venture Partners since 2002.

Mishra is an advisor to Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at College of Business, San Jose State University and he also serves as a director of India Community Center in Silicon Valley.

Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Anand Rajaraman

Rajaraman, a web and technology entrepreneur is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix.

He has also co-founded former Junglee Corp. and played a major role at Amazon.com in the late 1990s.

Anand received his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from Stanford University and he completed his graduation in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.




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