Rajan Anandan Quits Google, Joins Sequoia Capital
Rajan Anandan quits Google after an eight-year stint. Google’s Southeast Asia and India Vice-President will join Sequoia Capital.
Upon his decision, Sequoia Capital’s managing director said in a LinkedIn post, “We are thrilled to welcome Rajan Anandan to Sequoia Capital India as a Managing Director”. He further added that Mr. Anandan will be focusing on developing ‘Surge’ into the start-ups’ program by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the co-founders and directors. Surge is a program which aims at early-stage start-ups for rapid progress.
Rajan Anandan will continue with Google till April. Mr. Anandan said in a tweet:
Under the leadership of Mr. Anandan, Google was successful in expanding the Internet ecosystem in the region. It also helped in increasing adoption among consumers and business and speeding up innovation. All this gathered a multi-billion dollar business to Google.
In addition to this, Mr. Anandan is also a productive investor who has backed a huge number of start-ups. With his deep understanding of technology, expertise, and the ability to grow tech businesses, he will help Surge founders scale. He will also ensure to build businesses that will transform the future.
Scott Beaumont, President of Google Asia Pacific said in an emailed statement, “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership had helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures”.
Beaumont further added that Vikas Agnihotri, country director-sales will replace Rajan Anandan in the interim.