Anand Babu

Board Member

Anand Babu is Head of Kernel, Google AI/Research. Anand founded and leads Kernel, Google AI’s venture studio for creating human-centered products and transformative business uniquely enabled by hard computer science. Anand also co-founded Sidewalk Labs as the urban innovation arm of Alphabet focused on building next-generation cities. He served as COO, leading its venture studio and incubating multiple companies including Coord Mobility, Cityblock Health, and Replica. Prior to Sidewalk, Anand led special projects at Alphabet/Google for the CEO. Prior to Google, Anand was a Director at Opower, a startup using real-time analytics to help utility customers save energy. At Microsoft, Anand catalyzed the shift to the cloud, developing the business case for the Azure developer platform and leading OneDrive to 200 million users to form the basis for Office 365.

Previously, Anand led venture investments at Crosslink Capital focused on cloud infrastructure, solar energy and materials. Anand started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company.

Originally, from Peoria, Illinois, Anand earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his MBA and M.S. in Engineering Management from Northwestern University / Kellogg School of Management.

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