India’s IT sector has seen a huge boom in the last couple of years. Many new companies have been coming up thanks to some very talented personalities, who have let go opportunities abroad and decided to stay back and help the Indian IT scene grow. These people are very well known among the IT circle but deserve an applause on the outside as well. Here are seven famous people who rose to great heights and helped create a strong platform for the next IT generation.
Born in Chennai, Mr. Sundar Pichai is the current CEO of Google. A company that consists some of the best brains in the IT sector is headed by an Indian. His remarkable rise within the Google ranks is an inspirational story. Aged just 44, he impressed the Google founders – Sergey Brin and Larry Page and former CEO Eric Smidt with his management of a wide range of Google services which includes Google Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail, Google Maps and Android.
Another IT giant, another Indian at the helm. Satya Nadella was appointed CEO in 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer who held the position since 2000. Before taking the charge, he oversaw the developer tools and cloud computing service of Google. He’s an avid cricket enthusiast and loves reading Indian and American poetry.
The president and CEO of Adobe systems has roots in India. He was born in Hyderabad and did his schooling and graduation from India before moving to the US. He is one of the most powerful CEOs in the IT industry and he was included in Obama’s ‘Management Advisory Board’ in 2011.
The man behind Google+, Vic Gundotra was once in the race of becoming Google’s CEO. Prior to joining Google, he was with Microsoft and was responsible for Microsoft’s .net framework for which he was awarded as the top 100 innovators in the world under 35. The man is now the CEO of AliveCor – a Mobile ECG manufacturer.
The co-founder and the first CEO of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla was one the pioneers of Java programming language. He left the company in 1987 to become a Venture capitalist.
An IIT Madras Alumni, Mr Krishna is the creator of Google News. He also developed Hilltop Algorithm whose adaptation is used in Google search algorithm to improve search results.
Jhansi-born Amit Singhal is the head of Google search team(retiring on 26th Feb 2016). He rewrote the entire search engine algorithm for which he was awarded ‘Google Fellow’ in 2001.
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy:
The name needs no introduction. Also known as the Guru of Information Technology, Mr. Narayana Murthy is the co- founder and former CEO of one of the India’s biggest IT firm, INFOSYS technologies. Before starting Infosys he worked as a chief systems programmer at IIM- Ahmadabad. He founded Infosys in 1981 and served as the CEO of the company for 20 years. After which he passed on the title to his fellow co-founder Mr. Nandan Nilekani. He then worked as chairman and chief mentor for another 4 years after which he retired. A large part of Indian IT revolution goes to Mr Murthy.
Mr. Azim Premji:
Known as the Bill Gates of India, Mr. Premji is the founder and chairman of Wipro Technologies. Wipro was initially knows as Western Indian Vegetable Products Ltd. It later changed into producing bakery fats, soaps, baby toiletries Etc. It was only in the late 1980’s that Mr. Premji made a dedicated shift to the software field where he was met with tremendous success. He undoubtedly is one of the most influential IT personalities who played a major role in redefining IT for Indians.
Dr. Sam Pitroda:
Mr. Pitroda is well known as the father of India’s communication revolution. He along with India’s then Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi made a conscious effort to set up India’s own information Industry. His goal was to reach out digital Tele-communication to even the most rural parts of India. He co-founded C-DOT, a telecommunications development center. He also acted as the founding chairman of India’s telecom commission and chairman of National Knowledge commission.
Vinod Dham is often names as the father of Pentium chip, that the core of highly successful Pentium processors by Intel. He was once among the list of 50 Most Influential Indian Americans issued by an Indian magazine.
Mr. Pranav Mistry became famous for his innovative work in the field of sixth sense technology. He is a computer scientist working as global vice president of research at Samsung. His other notable works also include Samsung galaxy Gear, invisible mouse ‘Mousless’, data transfer technology by gesture ‘SPARSH’ and project ‘Beyond’. He was also awarded as the ‘Young Global Leader 2013’ by World Economic Forum.
Mr. Nilekani was an entrepreneur who co-founded Infosys alongside Mr. Narayana Murthy. Before he met Narayana Murthy and interviewed, he worked for Patni Computer Systems. He replaced Narayana Murthy as the CEO in 2002 and worked until 2007. On the invitation of Dr. Manmohan Singh, he left Infosys in 2009 to enter a cabinet ranking position as the chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India.
He is the founder and executive chairman of Applabs, one of the biggest software testing companies in the world. He also founded FXLabs in 2004, which produces gaming products for computers and consoles. Mr. Sashi reddy has a bachelor’s degree from IIT- Delhi and masters in computer science from Pennsylvania University, New York.
He is the Founder and CEO of a very well known free SMS service ‘way2sms’. He founded a company called ‘way2online Interactive India’ in 2003 and went on to start the website way2sms.com 3 years later making it India’s first free text messaging service. Being the first of its kind, the website became extremely popular among the citizens. He is the one who made the concept of using Internet for messaging popular in India.
The co-founder and first CEO of Hotmail, Sabeer Bhatia is a pioneer in email service. Now owned by Microsoft as renamed as Outlook, his service is the second biggest email service provider after Google’s Gmail.
Varun founded his company kayako, a web based help desk designing service, when he was 17. He had no formal education in programming and learned it out of his own interest. After starting kayako with basically no cash in hand, he noticed the appreciation his product was receiving, so he skipped college and started working more on it. From a single 17 year old kid, kayako has grown to incorporate over 140 employees and 10000+ clients and an annual turnover of over $10 million.
Sachin and Binny Bansal:
Mr. Bansal is the co-founder of one of the most popular and India’s first e-commerce platform, Flipkart. He along with his would be co-founder Binny Bansal graduated in computer science from IIT- Delhi. After graduation, he worked for a company called techspan for a few months before joining Amazon as a senior software engineer. He left Amazon in 2007 and along with Binny founded Flipkart. In the beginning, both Mr. Sachin and Binny delivered personally to their customers to receive feedback. Flipkart was started with an initial investment of Rs. 400,000 and as of 2015, it is valued at $15 billion. During its journey Flipkart also acquired many small companies like Myntra and letsbuy. This shows how successful Flipkart has been in the Indian e-commerce market.
He is well known across the tech world as the founder of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) and many other modern technologies. Mr. Ajay Bhatt graduated from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and received his masters from The City University of New York. He joined ‘Folsom’ as a senior staff architect in 1990. He has over 31 U.S patents and was invited to take part in Distinguished Lecture Series at various leading universities. He also received many excellence awards for his invaluable contributions in various technologies that are widely used to this day.
We owe a lot to these personalities who made Indian IT industry what it is today