Google India head Rajan Anandan quits to join VC firm Sequoia

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  • Rajan Anandan, VP for Google South East Asia and India, has called it quits at the company.
  • While he will stay on at Google until the end of April, he will then be joining Sequoia India, a top VC firm.
  • Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales will be replacing him as the interim MD at Google India.
Rajan Anandan, the VP for Google South East Asia and India, has resigned from the Internet giant to join the VC firm Sequoia Capital’s India and SEA wing.

Anandan joins Sequoia as managing director and will be part of its leadership team. He will also lead Sequoia’s accelerator program Surge.

Surge has on offer $1.5 million of seed capital along with “company-building workshops, global immersion trips and support from a community of exceptional founders”, according to an official blog from the company.

“Rajan’s deep understanding of technology, significant operating expertise and a track record of growing tech businesses across the region will help Surge founders scale and build the transformational businesses of tomorrow,” said Shailendra J Singh, managing director at Sequoia, in a post on LinkedIn.

While Anandan will stay on at Google until the end of April, the company has appointed Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales as the interim MD. Anandan has often been credited for having catapulted Google’s growth in India, over his tenure of eight years in the company.

However, his entry into investments is not new. Anandan has been an active angel investor and also a member of the Indian Angel Network. Seen at many startup events in the National Capital, Anandan has invested in startups like Innov8, Lucideus, Buttercups etc.

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