Influential Indian IT Leaders Disrupting the Silicon Valley

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A wave of Indian technologists thrived in Silicon Valley during the 80s; they made breakthroughs and created their values in the IT sector. Around 89,000 Indian Americans are currently employed in the US; many of them are leading the US companies in Silicon Valley. Although the Indian Americans represent 6% of the population in this region, 90% of the startups in Silicon Valley have at least one Indian co-founder. Here are some technologists making a tremendous influence in Silicon Valley.

Ajay Bhatt    

He is one of the leading pioneers among the technologists in Silicon Valley, also known as the father of the USB standard. The USB is one of the essential devices for everyone these days, whether a lecturer, coordinator, student, doctor, engineer, etc., this technology has become very common throughout the world. The credit for its invention goes to Ajay Bhatt.

He was born in 1957 after he graduated from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India. He moved to New York to pursue his master’s degree from The City University of New York. Afterward, he joined Intel in 1990. During his service, he co-invented USB and promoted to Intel’s chief client platform architect. He holds 31 US patents related to computer architect and graphics. For his contribution to high-speed Thunderbolt connection and PCI express standard, Intel awarded him Achievement in Excellence Award in 2002.

Vinod Dham

Intel already has many talented Indian Engineers. However, Vinod Dham from Pune, India, is credited as the father of the Intel Pentium Processor. He was born in 1950 and graduated from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1971. After graduating, he migrated to the US and pursued a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1977. It was a specialized degree in solid-state electronics which enabled him to work and research on the hardware section of smartphone, laptop and tablet computer. Dham also worked on flash memory with NCR Corporation before he became the part of Intel’s team and led the development of the Pentium processor.

Shiva Patibanda

Shiva Patibanda, born on 31st August 1959, was the founder and CEO of VividLogic Inc., a self-boot-strapped Silicon Valley company founded in 1999.  VividLogic did not take any venture funds and was acquired by SeaChange Inc for close to $30 Million (including earnouts) in Feb 2010.  Shiva is one of the pioneers in the development of embedded software for Consumer Electronics devices, such as Digital Cable STB, DVHS and HDTV based of Firewire or the IEEE-1394 Serial Bus originally developed by Apple Inc.

Under Shiva’s leadership, embedded software products of VividLogic based on Firewire were developed and deployed in over 60 million devices of leading brands of Cable STB (IEEE-1394 Firewire port was mandated by FCC on every digital Cable STB), DVHS and HDTV in North America, Asia and Europe.  Comcast licensed VividLogic’s STB middleware in 2011 and deployed it in their premium Xfinity X1 STB.  Comcast has deployed VividLogic Software in over 40 million STB to-date. This software is now referred to as the Reference Design Kit (RDK).  Shiva has earned the nick name of the “God Father” of the RDK.

Shiva served as CTO of SeaChange International for five years and as CTO and Head of Ericsson Media TV Platform Business for three years. Currently, he serves as advisor to the CEO of MediaKind Inc and Evergent. He is also an investor in PeopleShores, Smiota, and Locomizer.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod is an Indian man from Delhi, born in 1955, and highly inspired by Intel when it was founded in 1968. From the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and then he moved to the US to pursue his further education in a master’s in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Vinod joined Daisy Systems in 1980, an electronic design automation company. He left the organization in 1982 and co-founded Sun Microsystems with the co-operation of Andy Bechtolsheim, Scott McNealy and Bill Joy. He served Sun Microsystem for two years as a chief executive and then joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner. It was a venture capital firm after which he started his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures, in 2004. He began to manage around $1 billion of investment in information technology startups. 

Sabeer Bhatia

Hotmail is a big name in the IT industry. An Indian technologist, Sabeer Bhatia, was the co-founder of this emerged name. Bhatia migrated to the US in the 1980s and very soon become a renowned personality throughout the IT sector. He was born in 1968 in Chandigarh and came to the US to obtain a master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Just after the completion of his master’s degree, he started working for Apple Inc. as a hardware engineer and switch to FirePower Systems Inc. within a few months.

The solution to the problem of accessibility of software within a browser came up with an idea of sending emails using a browser. Along with his colleagues, he launched Hotmail back in 1996. Gradually, it became the most popular and biggest platform for sending emails throughout the world. Microsoft bought this platform in 1998. Bhatia introduced JaxtrSMS, a free messaging service, and also founded e-commerce firm called Arzoo Inc.

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