Indians have great contribution in the world of technology. Many Indians have played a pivotal role in developing the Silicon Valley as the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. Their successful contributions in diverse fields have helped them to establish themselves as tech geniuses.
Here is a list of some noteworthy people with Indian origin.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s Android head
Sundar Pichai is the senior vice president for Android, Chrome and Google Apps at Google Inc. The Chennai-born took over Google`s Android division from Andy Rubin last week. Earlier he was managing Google Chrome and Apps.
Pichai passed out of IIT Kharagpur and moved to Stanford for postgraduate studies. He also has an MBA from the Wharton School. Pichai joined the Google gang in 2004.
Anand Rajaraman, Co-founder, Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix
Anand Rajaraman is a web and technology entrepreneur and 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 did his graduation in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from Stanford University.
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Cisco
In the world of tech, Padmasree Warrior is one of the most prominent Indian woman names. Padmasree is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola.
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.
She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and masters in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
Vinod Dham, inventor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist
Vinod Dham is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip, for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel. He rose to the position of vice-president of Micro processor Group at Intel. He also shares his name as the co-inventor of Intel’s Flash memory technology.
He rose to the position of vice-president of Micro processor Group at Intel. Indo US Venture Partners
Dham did his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and did his masters from University of Cincinnati.
Vivek bhardwaj, RIM`s Head of Software Portfolio
Vivek Bhardwaj is the current head of software portfolio of BlackBerry. While BlackBerry unveiled a new operating system and a new line of phones, Bhardwaj was at the focus during the event. He is been called as the man behind the development of BB10
Bhardwaj, who grew up in the UK, had studied information systems and then worked for Siemens Mobile and BenQ Mobile before joining BlackBerry.
He call himself as the "British guy in Canada" but with has an Indian connection. His parents are of Indian origin though he was born in UK. Bharadwaj’s father was born in Punjab and later migrated to UK while his mother, also an Indian, grew up in Kenya.
Sabeer Bhatia, Co-founder Hotmail & Jaxtr
Sabeer Bhatia is an Indian American entrepreneur and tech guru who co-founded the famous Hotmail email service and free messaging service called Jaxtr.
Bhatia was briefly associated with Apple Computer and while working there he along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail on 4 July 1996.
Hotmail is the world`s second largest e-mail provider with over 369 million registered users, a figure exceeded only by Google`s Gmail service. As President and CEO, he guided Hotmail`s rapid rise to industry leadership and its eventual acquisition by Microsoft in 1998.
Vinod Khosla, former co-founder of Sun Microsystems
Vinod Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems. He worked as its first CEO and Chairman. Later he moved on to join a venture capital firm- Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers as a general partner. He now owns a firm Khosla Ventures and is heading it since 2004.
Khosla was also included in the Forbes’ list of Indian-American Billionaires, with a net worth $1.3 billion.
Khosla holds a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.