grew up in the small town of Kanpur. While in school, he was
more passionate about tennis than studies. After his Bachelors,
Shashi enrolled himself for the new emerging Computer Sciences
at the University of Poona for his Masters. As Shashi says,
"This was a life changing experience for me: learning from
the fathers of computer science in India -- Dr Sahasrabudhe,
and Dr Sankar, but also getting an education in Life -- lessons
that have stayed with me through the years."
In 1988, after his Masters, Shashi worked for a few months
at CMC in Mumbai, but soon took the opportunity to go for
further studies at the University of Miami, Florida.
In 1999, he took a job with a contractor for NASA and worked
on various projects at NASA for the next six years, building
futuristic avionics and flight simulation software.
"The Internet boom had just started with the IPO of
Netscape, and I took the plunge providing consulting in e-commerce
and internet technology," says Shashi. First, he helped
Gap launch their online stores. Then, from 2002 to April 2005,
he created the hugely successful eBay Platform.
In May 2005, he got an opportunity to play the role of Lead
Product Manager for Google Search. While describing his experience
at Google he says, "To manage a product that touches
millions of people everyday, all over the world, is very rewarding,
and come with a huge amount of responsibility."