Rajan Anandan, who is the Vice President of Google South East Asia and India, is now quitting the tech giant to join Sequoia Capital in Silicon Valley. This development has been confirmed by both, Google and Sequoia Capital. Mr. Rajan Anandan will certainly be missed at Google as he was predominantly responsible for driving sales in India. He will be staying until the end of the month before leaving for the new company. At the moment, his successor has not been appointed however, Vikas Agnihotri, who is the country director of sales at Google will be taking the position on an interim.
Scott Beaumont, the president of Google Asia Pacific, commented on the fact that Rajan Anandan has chosen to leave the company after 8 years of working there. “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership has helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures”
At Sequoia Capital, Mr. Anandan will be focusing on the fund’s renowned accelerator initiative for start-ups. He will mainly be targeting Southeast Asian and Indian markets in his role. This fund is set to invest $ 1.5 million across at least 20-30 new companies on a yearly basis.
Mr. Shailendra J Singh commented on the fact that Mr. Anandan is joining Sequoia Capital. He said Rajan’s deep understanding of technology, significant operating expertise and track record of growing tech businesses across the region will help Surge founders scale and build the transformational businesses of tomorrow,”
Mr Rajan Anandan himself has also invested in companies over the last few years. It is said that he has invested in over 80 companies in the last decade. Interestingly, a large number of his investments like Dunzo, Unacademy, Rapido, Dhuva and Capillary Technologies have also been raising a round of funding from Sequoia Capital.
Before working at Google, Mr. Anandan was working at Microsoft. He joined Google in 2010.