Google's Rajan Anandan leaves for Sequoia Capital role

Google India head Rajan Anandan quits

Google India head Rajan Anandan quits

Rajan Anandan, the face of Google in India who brought an entrepreneurial streak to the search behemoth, is leaving after an eight-year stint with the company.

Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director of Google India, on Tuesday resigned from his post and joined Sequoia Capital India to focus on investing in promising early-stage technology startups.

It "has been a long time coming", Rajan Anandan agreed with a well-wisher on Twitter, referring to the news of his move from Google to Sequoia Capital. "He will join the leadership team at the firm, in addition to the six current Managing Directors, where he will focus on developing Surge into the world's top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the program's founders".

Anandan will continue in his current role until the end of the month. He had said that the next wave of internet consumption will be defined by three themes - voice, video and vernacular - that would catapult millions of new users to consume internet, launching new products targeted at these consumers.

Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales will be replacing him as the interim MD at Google India. Sequoia is considered the top VC firm in the United States, being an early investor in iconic companies like Apple, Google, WhatsApp, YouTube and PayPal. Several of his investments have raised follow-on rounds from Sequoia India, including online learning platform Unacademy, digital retail solutions provider Capillary Technologies, and cloud data management firm Druva, among others. A B.Sc in mechanical engineering from MIT with a masters from Stanford, Anandan started his career at McKinsey in the U.S. where he spent over a decade and became partner on a fast track.

Anandan, one of India's most prolific angel investors, has invested in more than 80 companies over the last decade, including on-demand task management app Dunzo and bike taxi app Rapido. "Rajan has also led Microsoft and Dell in India, and was earlier a Partner at McKinsey & Co in Chicago", he said in a Linkedin post. Earlier, he worked with Dell India as Vice President and Country General Manager.

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