India might still be struggling to get rid of its third-world status, but any kind of power packed development around the world cannot be implemented without the aid of the Indians. And, to prove this point yet again, let’s take the example of the booming Silicon Valley where Indians are majorly responsible for all the hi-tech development and innovations taking place every day. In this article, let’s take a look at those stalwarts who not only aided in developing the Silicon Valley but made it really big in there—
4. Vinod Khosla
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University followed by an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Management, Vinod Khosla is one of the foremost entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and was recently included in the list of Indian-American Billionaires by Forbes. According to them, he has a net worth of around $1.3 billion. Vinod Khosla’s road to success started when he co-founded the Sun Microsystems and took over the company’s charge as the CEO. Later, he went ahead to become the general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm. After serving as joint partners and general partners, in 2004, he finally opened his greatly successful firm Khosla Ventures which he currently heads. Also Read: Top 10 Professors at IIT Delhi (facetiously)
3. Amit Singhal
Named as one of the smartest people in the tech world by Fortune and recognized by India Abroad as one of the foremost influential Indian Americans around, Amit Singhal made it big in the Silicon Valley with his job at Google. After dumping a job as a researcher in AT&T Labs, Singhal joined Google in the year 2000, and since then there have been no looking back. He is now of the most top-notch software engineer of Google who was recently awarded with the title “Google Fellow” for his path breaking works on Google’s Algorithm. Currently he is the head of the Core ranking team of Google which works to implement and increase the accuracy, speed and thoroughness of the Google Search. Amit Singhal is a B.Tech in Software Engineering from IIT Roorke and an MS in the same subject from the University of Minnesota. Later he received a PhD degree from the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
2. Romesh Wadhwani
The Chairman and CEO of a private equity firm, Symphony Technology Group, Romesh Wadhwani is considered as the richest Indian American (followed by a survey undertaken by Forbes) with a net worth of $2 billion. From a small scale unit, Romesh Wadhwani, with his exceptional management skills, was able to make this company a big shot one in the technological industry. In less than a period of 10 years, he was able to increase the total employee count of the firm to a mammoth 15,000 people. This California based Symphony Technological Group specializes in growth capital, turnaround transactions and acquisitions. Romesh Wadhwani is too an IIT (Bombay) graduate in Electrical Engineering. After shifting his base to the US, Wadhwani continued his studies at the Carnegie-Mellon University, Pennsylvania and received an MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering.
1. Padmasree Warrior
This former CTO of the erstwhile Motorola Company and the current Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, Padmasree Warrior has indeed make a definitive mark in the Silicon Valley, and has been honored by numerous accolades including the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award and the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award. Being a strategy manager, her responsibility is to make strategic partnerships and incorporate newer business models and technologies to develop a top class technical device! Like the rest in the list, she, too, is a graduate from IIT (Delhi) in Chemical Engineering. After that, she completed her Masters from the Cornell University in the same subject.