Venkat Panchapakesan (deceased)

Head of Engineering, YouTube

Venkat Panchapakesan, MS EE '90, joined Google in July 2010 and is the Head of Engineering at YouTube. Venkat leads a global team of engineers working to bring you all the world’s video instantly, on any screen, in the highest quality. In his current role, he oversees the technology powering YouTube for more than a billion users each month.

Venkat previously oversaw the technology behind Google applications like, Gmail,  Drive, Docs and Calendar for hundreds of millions of users. He joined Google from Greylock Partners where he was an Entrepreneur In Residence and prior to that held a number of senior roles at Yahoo!, including executive vice president.

In the course of his twelve-year tenure at the company, Yahoo!’s employee ranks grew from 200 to 14,000 and its revenue rose from $208 million to $7.8 billion. Venkat was responsible for building an array of Yahoo!’s consumer and e-commerce products, including Yahoo! Auctions, Clubs, News and Real Estate. He led the company’s expansion into India in 2003 and built a 1,500-person technology team in Bangalore. He returned to the U.S. in 2007 to lead the company’s consumer technology group, a 3,000-person corps spread across 14 countries and serving 550 million users. Venkat was instrumental in streamlining the company’s product lines and focusing its developers on a platform-centric approach.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Venkat led a massively multi-processor computing research team at Hewlett-Packard. His technology career first began as a software engineer at Amdahl Computers and TeamOne.