An Indian was instrumental in the formation of GOOGLE.
There is a long list of all the top Indian achievers in the States. From Rajat Gupta to Satya Nadella, from Indra Nooyi to Vikram Pandit, from Sundar Pichai to Vinod Khosla, but this man never features in any of them. He is still unheard and unknown of in the mainstream media.
He was so instrumental that simply put it Google would not have existed today but for him.
How Google got its first Investor?
So when Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford, they were just young twenty year olds with an idea of a search engine. They explained this idea to their professor who helped them meet some investors. A majority of them were not-so-impressed by this. Then, they stumbled upon this investor called Ram Shriram who also found it OK. But, he was impressed by their passion so without thinking much he handed them a cheque of 500,000 dollars.
Can you imagine the duo didn’t even have a bank account at that time to deposit that cheque? And then as they say “the rest is history”.
Ram Shriram since then has been on it’s board and when Google went public, he became one of the richest guys in the world. Apart from this, he has also sold his company Junglee to Amazon and has founded many other ventures. Currently, he devotes a majority of his time to philanthropic causes in India, especially in the education sector.