Mr. Amit Agarwal, a native of Mumbai, obtained his B.Tech. degree in Computer Science in 1995 from IIT Kanpur and further went on to complete his masters in the same discipline from Stanford University in 1997. Following it, he joined Cambridge Technology Partners in Silicon Valley only to leave it in few months for Informatica. However, he was not satisfied working over there and decided to join Amazon when the company approached him a few times.
He began his stint at Amazon in February 1999 in Seattle. It is interesting to know that on being asked what made him join Amazon, he stated that it wasn’t something he had in his mind ever and it is destiny that brought him on board. His Stanford’s batchmate prodded him to join the e-commerce industry and his love and passion for mountain climbing made his decision easier. said Mr. Agarwal in one of his interviews.
At the time he joined Amazon, the company was only into book selling and was interested in expanding its operations. Mr. Agarwal played a pivotal role in accomplishing the company’s vision and mission. He started working at Amazon as a software developer and steadily rose to the top ranks becoming one of the youngest team members of the Senior Leadership Team (S-Team) of chief executive officer and president Jeff Bezos. He has always remained an important part of almost every single large bet made by the retailer that spans Amazon’s core online marketplace business, Amazon Web Services (AWS). In 2004, he moved to India to head AWS team as a managing director and oversaw the company’s expansion in the country. In 2007, he returned to Seattle and became a part of the Bezos’s much-coveted team of technical advisers prominently known as the Shadow Team. He served as a technical adviser for three years and then was promoted to be a VP International Expansion in 2009 and Vice President and Country Head, Amazon India in 2013.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.