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Google India CEO Rajan Anandan Quits to Join Sequoia Capital

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Rajan Anandan, vice president for Google India and South East Asia, is all set to leave Google India and he will be joining Silicon Valley’s Marquee Venture fund Sequoia Capital. Anandan worked with Google India for an over eight-year long period  and has largely been responsible for driving growth at Google India, will stay until the end of this month.

Vikas Agnihotri, who is currently serving as Google’s country director for sales, will take on the interim responsibility until the company finds a new managing director.

“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” said Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific in a statement.

In his next gig at Sequoia, Anandan will focus on the fund’s accelerator initiative for startups targeting the India and Southeast Asian markets. The fund promises to invest up to $1.5 million across 10 to 20 companies twice a year. “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,” Shailendra J Singh said in a LinkedIn post confirming his arrival at the fund.

Rajan has invested in more than 80 companies over the last decade. A bulk of his investments have raised follow on rounds from Sequoia India including Rapido, Dunzo, Unacademy, Capillary Technologies, and Dhuva among other

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