Anand Chandrasekaran quits Facebook
He was Director of Platform/Product Partnerships for Messenger at Facebook
Anand Chandrasekaran, has quit as Director of Platform/Product Partnerships for Messenger at Facebook. He wrote in his social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn: "A chapter comes to a close for me at Facebook. Grateful to help build the Messenger platform since 2016 and bring on not just large brands like Apple, Spotify, KLM, T-Mobile etc. but a global ecosystem of developers, now over 250,000. Messenger also serves 1.4B people who interact with these businesses."
At Facebook, he led India strategy across products, technologies and functions and worked on launching new products like WhatsAppPayments + other growth efforts across the family of apps covering AI, Core App growth and Video.
He further wrote: "Thank you to a company that not only helped us move back internationally as well as giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to create impact. The two lessons I will take with me among many are:
1. Speak your truth: In any complex ecosystem, each person sees and brings unique perspectives. The temptation is always to wait for more data or to believe what feels true to us isn’t important enough to bring up. I learned to speak up even if your voice shakes.
2. The best thing to do with power is give it away: Very few companies have this kind of soft power. I learned how this power can be placed in service of the community - through product features, advocacy or simply listen to a diverse perspective.
I look forward to what’s ahead, and the next chapter."
He was earlier CPO at Snapdeal, Freecharge and also Airtel driving Wynk Music, APIs, Airtel Money etc. and leading the e-commerce business. At Yahoo, he held roles of Sr. Director for Search and Mobile.
Chandrasekaran holds a M.S. in Electrical Engg. from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Communications Engg. from PSG College of Technology (India). In 2010, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He served as Venture Advisor at Storm Ventures, a $500M VC firm. In 2016, he was named to Fortune's '40 under 40' list in India.
He is an active angel investor with over 30 investments in Consumer internet, B2c and p2p Marketplaces, Fintech and SaaS.
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