This Independence Day, meet these unsung stars of Silicon Valley, who have made India proud…
The success stories of the likes of Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella are sung time and again with great fervor and we as Indians take great pride in how our countrymen have made it big globally. Their journeys and statures are truly inspirational and set an excellent example for young aspiring minds of our nation.
Today, as we celebrate our 70 years of Independence, let us laud and find inspiration from some lesser known success stories of our countrymen who have earned international acclaim and are regarded among the most powerful technologists in SIlicon Valley:
Ajay Bhatt — Inventor of the USB port
Do you know the brain behind that little slot on your laptops enabling you to transfer GBs and GBs of content through little devices storing humongous amount of data? He is an Indian named Ajay Bhatt — the creator of USB standard.
Born in 1957, he is an Indian-American computer architect, who after graduating from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, went on to receive a master’s degree from The City University of New York before joining Intel in 1990.
Intel has been using the term ‘rockstars’ for their smart employees in their advertisements and they’re quite popular. On invention of the USB, Ajay Bhatt was given the title of a rockstar in Intel. In an interview with CNN, he said “I truly get a rock star treatment and that is quite unusual to me — people asking for your signature, people asking for your picture.” Whenever asked, he has never taken the credits for this invention but he gives it to his team. Surprisingly, he didn’t make a single penny out of this invention and he is perfectly okay with it. After that, He said that he didn’t do this for money but to bring change in the world of innovations.
In addition to USB, he has had an instrumental role in developing several other well-known standards like PCI Express,AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) and Platform Power Management. He holds one hundred and thirty-two U.S. and international patents, and several others are in various stages of filing.In recognition for his contribution to the PCI Express standard, which underlies several of the modern computer connection standards including the high-speed Thunderbolt connection, Bhatt received an Achievement in Excellence Award in 2002.
Vic Gundotra — the man behind the Google+ social network
Vivek “Vic” Paul Gundotra is an Indian-born American businessman, who served as the Senior Vice President, Social for Google until 24 April 2014.
As The Guardian writes about him:
Another high-profile, Google engineer from India is Vic Gundotra, who is known as Google’s social tsar and the man behind the Google+ social network.Gundotra, born in 1968 in Mumbai, India, had been a Microsoft man since 1991. He rose up the ranks eventually becoming the general manager of platform evangelism, promoting Microsoft’s services to independent developers.
In 2007, Gundotra joined Google and became vice president of social, instrumental in the development of Google+ and its integration into almost every aspect of Google’s services.
Ruchi Sanghvi — first Female engineer in Facebook
Ruchi Sanghvi, born in 1982, became the first female engineer at Facebook, joining the social network in the year 2005.
She gained her bachelors and masters degree in electrical computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. She worked at Oracle before breaking the male-dominated engineering mould by joining Facebook in 2005.
She was one of the primary engineers who worked on the first iteration of what is now a major feature — News Feed on Facebook. When News Feed was launched in 2006, it was rebuked by users and critics alike for its privacy invasion concerns. That lead her and her team to a 48-hour coding session, rapidly creating the first iteration of Facebook’s complicated privacy controls.
In 2011, Sanghvi co-founded a collaboration startup called Cove along with another Indian Facebook engineer and Carnegie Mellon University alumni Aditya Agarwal. File syncing service Dropbox announced in 2012 that it had acquired Cove, which led to Sanghvi joining the company, where she is currently the vice president of operations.
Sabeer Bhatia — founder of Hotmail
Sabeer Bhatia, born in 1968, is the founder of the one time leading email provider Hotmail. After graduating from the California Institute of Technology, he went on to receive a master’s degree from the Stanford University.
Bhatia linked up with a colleague, Jack Smith, to launch Hotmail in 1996, which became one of the biggest email providers in the world and was bought by Microsoft in 1998. In 1999, Bhatia then left Microsoft and founded an e-commerce firm, Arzoo Inc, before starting a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS.
Time and again, Indians have proved their worth, making it huge on the global scale. As said by Erasmus-
“The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth”
We believe that the future of a nation lies on the shoulders of the youth and imparting high quality education, we intend to strengthen their shoulders to carry the nation along as they reach pinnacles of success!!