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Shivakumar Venkataraman


Shivakumar Venkataraman, 52, is from Hyderabad. In 1990, he graduated in computer science engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai.

Venkataraman went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a doctorate in computer science. He then started his professional journey as a summer intern at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, before moving on to IBM as a software engineer.

Venkataraman joined Google in 2003, and eventually assumed responsibility for its core search advertisement business. In January, he was promoted to vice president of the recently-revived division Google Labs, which is home to the company’s research into virtual and augmented reality, more than a decade after it was discontinued.

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