From Sundar Pichai to Satya Nadella – Indian-Americans wake up to the COVID-19 crisis at home
- India reported 3,52,991 new COVID-19 infections, crossing the three-lakh single-day spike mark for the sixth consecutive day.
- Google chief executive officer
Sundar Pichaitoday announced that the tech giant will be giving ₹135 crore ($18 million) in new funding for India.
- Microsoft CEO
Satya Nadellasaid that Microsoft will use its resources and technology to support India during the crisis.
Joining the list of people making way to help Indians, are Indian-American tech leaders and billionaires.
US-headquartered tech giant Google’s chief executive officer Sundar Pichai announced that the tech giant will be giving ₹135 crore ($18 million) in new funding for India.
Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 Crore in funding to… https://t.co/yOiEFLFiCy— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) 1619409234000
Google also announced a slew of measures to help increase awareness, information on vaccines, testing and more. “We know the biggest way we can help is through our core information products like Search and Maps, YouTube and Ads. Our COVID features on Search are available in India, in English and eight Indian languages, and we continue to improve localisation and highlight authoritative information. That includes information on where to get testing and vaccines; so far, Maps and Search surface thousands of vaccine sites, and we are working to add tens of thousands more,” the company said in a blog.
Joining Pichai is another tech leader Satya Nadella, the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Nadella took to social media platform Twitter to say that Microsoft will use its resources and technology to support India during the crisis.
I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the U.S. government is mobilizing to help. Microso… https://t.co/v04jnEVGfb— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) 1619402537000
Earlier, another Indian-American tech leader, Vinod Khosla – co-founder of Sun Microsystems – had announced a fund for hospitals in India to build up their supply of oxygen containers and concentrators among other essential supplies – an opportunity that appealed to India’s biggest hospital chains.
Balaji Srinivasan, a Silicon Valley investor, has also announced a donation of upto $100,000 for COVID-19 relief in India.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to do well this year, consider joining me and @VitalikButerin by donating at the ad… https://t.co/dtGUruE0Ly— balajis.com (@balajis) 1619351973000
Apple CEO Tim Cook has also announced support for India amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Amid a devastating rise of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and ev… https://t.co/6x9sL0vnRF— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) 1619469186000
They were also joined by the likes of Adam Nash, the co-founder of Silverback Ventures, and Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of cryptocurrency asset Ethereum, who have pledged donations to India.
India’s biggest hospital chain, a government organisation and many others line up for Indian-American billionaire Vinod Khosla’s offer to fund oxygen supplies
Indian corporates, VCs and startups are now looking to charter flights and import oxygen cylinders and concentrators into the country
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