Over the past decade, Google has been every entrepreneur’s benchmark for success through innovation. Besides its founding duo, Sergei Brin and Larry Page, there were a handful who saw the internet search engine’s potential and backed it when it was still being run from a garage. And here’s the Indian connection. Ram Shriram, who went to school in Chennai and later migrated to the Silicon Valley, was one of the pillars that built Google. Ram Shriram considers himself a guide for entrepreneurs rather than a mere cheque-writing angel investor. Known as the ‘Sherpa from Palo Alto’, he runs Sherpalo Ventures and also serves as the founder director at Google Inc.

Fundamentally two biggest applications on the internet are search and email. And there was a quantum order of magnitude improvement in quality of search at that time that Google presented that resonated with me and resonated with its early users. That is what prompted my interest in it. Agreed that we did not have a business model or a revenue model figured out at that point but you have to start somewhere small for you to grow later. And if u do that piece really really well then you may have a future as big as Google.

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