“Ketera was a silicon valley start-up funded by KPCB. To accelerate our development, we needed to build up a world class engineering center in India. Our goal was to build a center that could attract and retain true product engineers and managers.
We wanted a leader who was a strong technologist, had product vision, and had the start-up DNA to ensure building the right culture at the place. The leader needed to have enough general management capabilities to build a center from the start.
Anu worked closely with me to first evolve the right profile, and then help us choose the best candidate. She presented a mix of options initially, to help us clarify our thought process. The mix had candidates based in US looking to relocate to India, candidates who had already moved to India from the US, and local candidates. It helped us come to our final decision of choosing Sanjay Swamy, who had worked in US but had gone back to India to set up a similar facility for a Ketera-size organization there. Her strong presentation, bringing out why a general management type person was needed in that phase of the company, enabled me to get all our interviewers on-board for the final choice. Overall, we had an excellent experience working with Anu, and a very effective one too as Ketera became the model for all Kleiner Perkins companies looking to set up offshore operations.”
"Anu has been working with Ather since 2016 and has on boarded several very high caliber leaders across disciplines and spanning multiple industries. She's one of those rare folks who argues (and usually convinces) for hiring for the right fit for ambition, energy and seniority, both ways. At a startup cultural fitment matters more than anything else and Anu has a keen eye for cultural fitment. Her assessment of a candidates fit in the company culture and environment is eerily accurate and something I have come to rely and trust quite a lot on."
“Anu kept in touch all through the years, asking for feedback on how the facility was shaping up, and helped us hire an Operations Head, plus an HR person too, as the facility grew. Her non-transactional approach to hiring worked very well for us, as we were a high growth company in a start-up mode. Her willingness to share compensation data, and pitch in during annual revisions made her a valuable partner for us in executing our India strategy.” READ MORE +