Anand Lal Shimpi

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Anand Lal Shimpi
Born (1982-06-26) June 26, 1982 (age 37)
Founder, 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 from the publishing industry to join Apple Inc. hardware division. He is mainly known as the founder of the technology website AnandTech.

Early life[edit]

Anand was born to Dr. Lalchand Shimpi, an Indian born computer science professor at St Augustine's University,[2] 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.


He started AnandTech in 1997 at the age of 14. 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.[3] 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.

He used to brief Intel and other hardware industry executives on the present and future product roadmaps.[citation needed] He developed hardware evaluation data tools for testing, analyzing and covering technology,[citation needed] over the years, and his analysis was the final say[citation needed] and was given more credence by Wall Street analysts and tech world alike.[citation needed]

He has been featured in USA Today[citation needed],48 Hours[citation needed], 20/20[citation needed], Fortune Magazine[citation needed] and on G4[citation needed]. He was one of the keynote speakers at Computex 2003 as a celebrity speaker to entice show goers to return to Taiwan even in the wake of SARS.

On August 30, 2014, he announced his decision to retire from the technology publishing industry to work at Apple,[4] and named longtime AnandTech editor Ryan Smith as his successor.[5] He presently works as a hardware technology engineer at Apple.


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


  1. ^ "Anand Shimpi". Computer Hope. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
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  3. ^ Heaton, Jeff (June 2006). Build a Computer from Scratch. Heaton Research, Inc. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9773206-2-2. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Paczkowski, John. "Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple". Re/code. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  5. ^ Anand Lal Shimpi. "The Road Ahead". Retrieved September 10, 2015.