Anand Lal Shimpi

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Anand Lal Shimpi
Born (1982-06-26) June 26, 1982 (age 40)
OccupationEmployee of Apple
Founder and former CEO of AnandTech
Alma materWilliam G. Enloe High School
North Carolina State University
GenreTechnology journalism

Anand Lal Shimpi (born June 26, 1982)[1] is a former tech journalist and American businessman who retired at the age of 32[2] from the publishing industry to join the hardware division at Apple Inc. He is primarily known as the founder of the technology website AnandTech, a hardware news/review site which started as motherboard reviews hosted on GeoCities.[3] At that time Anand was just 14 years old and over a period of 17 years it grew to be one of the most respected sites for tech reviews.[4] He also wrote a book in 2001, named " The Anandtech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware".[5]

Early life[edit]

Anand was born to Lalchand Shimpi, an Indian-born computer science professor at St Augustine's University,[6] and Razieh Shimpi, an Iranian-born teacher in Raleigh, NC. When Shimpi was in third grade, his father enrolled him in a computer course. He built his first PC in sixth grade and soon began building PCs for others. He is a graduate of William G. Enloe GT/IB Center for the Humanities, Sciences, and the Arts and North Carolina State University with a degree in Computer Engineering with emphasis on microprocessor architecture and design.[7][non-primary source needed]


He started AnandTech in 1997 at the age of 15.[8][6] He called it Anand's Hardware Tech Page. He first started reviewing motherboards; later he would go on to review CPUs, hard drives, RAM, and other computer components. His tech reviews were in-depth and thorough, making it the preferred site for hardware engineers and enthusiasts, receiving praise from spokespersons from AMD and Intel.[6][9] He served as its editor-in-chief from 1997 to 2014. AnandTech grew from a small GeoCities website in 1997 to a 50 million page view per month publication as of July 2005. AnandTech started as a site that mainly reviewed motherboards and soon added CPUs, video cards, cases, notebooks, Macs, smartphones, tablets and other hardwares.[10][non-primary source needed] He reportedly was able to get his hands on an AMD K6-III before any other reviewers.[6]

Anand has been featured in USA Today, 20/20, 48 Hours, G4 and on Fortune Magazine. He has been one of the celebrity speakers at Computex 2003 in Taiwan.[11]

In 2013 he was named as an expert in the BBC's coverage of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.[12]

On August 30, 2014, he announced his decision to retire from the technology publishing industry to work at Apple's hardware technologies division,[13][8][14] and named longtime AnandTech editor Ryan Smith as his successor.[10]

On February 15, 2020, Bloomberg reported that Anand sent confidential documents to Gerard Williams III after the latter had left Apple to form NUVIA.[15]


Anand is also the author of the book The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware (ISBN 0-7897-2626-2) [16]and has a regular column in Computer Power user (CPU) Magazine called Anand's Corner.[11]


  1. ^ "Anand Shimpi". Computer Hope. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Chiappetta, Marco. "Anand Lal Shimpi Announces Retirement, Departs AnandTech Heads To Apple". Forbes. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Anand Lal Shimpi". Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Banker, Stephen (December 1, 1999). "The Web Kid Anand Lal Shimpi is a typical high schooler--except for his megahot computer-review site. - December 1, 1999". Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  7. ^ "Anand Shimpi • Electrical and Computer Engineering". Electrical and Computer Engineering. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Savov, Vlad (August 31, 2014). "AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi retires from journalism to join Apple". The Verge. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Heaton, Jeff (June 2006). Build a Computer from Scratch. Heaton Research, Inc. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9773206-2-2. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Shimpi, Anand Lal. "The Road Ahead". Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "These 10 Internet Whiz Kids Made Millions From Comfort Of Their Home | siliconindia". Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Kelion, Leo (November 15, 2013). "PlayStation 4 v Xbox One: Experts on next-gen battle". BBC News. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  13. ^ Paczkowski, John (August 31, 2014). "Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple". Re/code. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  14. ^ Axon, Samuel (November 7, 2018). "Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro's A12X system on a chip". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  15. ^ "Apple Accused by Ex-Exec It's Suing of Poaching His Staff". February 15, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  16. ^ "Anand Lal Shimpi Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of 'The Anandtech Guide To Pc Gaming Hardware'". Retrieved May 14, 2021.

External References[edit]

  1. The Road Ahead by Anand Lal Shimpi