Rajan Anandan has joined Sequoia Capital as their India Managing Director. The same was revealed by Shailendra Singh, MD at Sequoia Capital. Anandan will focus on ‘Surge’ an accelerator program from Sequoia that helps companies in rapidly scaling up. Surge aims to engineer rapid early progress for startups, by enabling disproportionate access to capital, talent, network and decades of company-building knowledge.
Singh, talking about the appointment of former Google India head, said, “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.”
In a major management exit for Google, Rajan Anandan, the company’s VP for its India and SE Asia business, is leaving the company. His departure comes after an 8 year long stint at Google. While there has been no immediate announcement on his successor, Vikas Agnihotri, who is currently serving as Google’s country director for sales, will take on the interim responsibility.
“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.
While he is well known for his role with Google, Anandan has also been a prolific angel investor in the Indian startup map. He has multiple investments to his credits, including those in Capillary Technologies, WebEngage among others. In totality, Anandan has made 59 investments globally as per data from Crunchbase. He has had 5 exits from his investments so far.