Fourteen years ago, on this day, it was the beginning of my professional career. Back in Hyderabad, India, fresh out of school, I was looking for opportunities to build things bigger and better. A lot had happened since then: moved to the USA, published in numerous publications, wrote three books, built best of breed products at Microsoft, filed for more than fifty patents, founded a company, recruited world class talent, raised millions of venture capital, and built an incredible product from ground-up – it was a journey worth taking.
Every step of the way, it was lots of hard-work, lots of hope, and tons of understanding from my family. Today “I’m feeling lucky” and this marks a new beginning of this long journey.
From today, together with my team members and a number of Googlers, I will continue on the mission that we had started at The Dealmap – to bring the best local offers anywhere, any time on any device. Google offers the key ingredients that every entrepreneur looks for: incredible talent pool, un-constrained resources and freedom of execution – I get excited just by imagining the scale of things that I can accomplish in the local deals space and beyond.
I’m living every entrepreneur’s dream and I want take a moment to thank all the advisors, investors and friends that helped me navigate this.
There is so much to do – and it is just the beginning!
Update: Here is NY Times article – http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/google-acquires-the-dealmap/