Vijay Pandurangan

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Vijay Pandurangan
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationEntrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark (venture capital firm)

Vijay Pandurangan is a Canadian computer scientist and internet entrepreneur and expert on online privacy. He was an early engineer at Google from 2002-2009 and published papers on data storage technologies.[1][2][3] He co-founded Mitro in 2013 which was then sold to Twitter. Pandurangan then became head of the Twitter New York engineering office.[4] In this role at Twitter he was responsible for the launch of Twitter products such as the highly anticipated Twitter Moments. He also posted about the high use of Google Hangouts inside Twitter and their usefulness to remote teams.[5][6] His teams also contributed bug fixes to the Linux kernel.[7]

He departed Twitter in 2016 along with several other senior Twitter executives as the company struggled to turn itself around in the face of declining user growth.[8][9]

In October 2016 Pandurangan was hired as entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark and he relocated from New York to San Francisco.[10] He is an occasional guest writer for Wired and has written on topics such as the success of Snapchat's success in the context of Twitter's stumbles.[11]

Early life[edit]

Pandurangan was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.

Other projects[edit]

Pandurangan is regularly cited in the press for his various projects in big data. These projects included a 2014 successful attempt at de-anonymizing New York City taxicab data which led to New York City then tightening up access to the taxicab data.[12] This data was used to identify possible religious backgrounds of particular drivers as well as to determine the tipping behaviors of celebrities.[13][14][15][16]

He also conducted an exposé in 2016 showing that Google's SMS-based account recovery can reduce the security of a Google account.[17]

In 2012 he also used big data to analyze color composition of movie posters since the inception of the film industry, showing the evolution of psychological factors and perception over time.[18][19]

He also in 2012 conducted a conceptual project to peer edit online dating profiles and was interviewed by ABC News as part of the project.[20]

Pandurangan also invests in early-stage startups. His investments include Celo,[21] Avochato,[22] Rossum[23] and Seed&Spark.[24]


  1. ^ "Vijay Pandurangan – EIR at Benchmark". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  2. ^ "Vijay Pandurangan: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  3. ^ Ganger, G. R.; Khosla, P. K.; Bakkaloglu, M.; Bigrigg, M. W.; Goodson, G. R.; Oguz, S.; Pandurangan, V.; Soules, C. A. N.; Strunk, J. D. (2001-01-01). Survivable storage systems. DARPA Information Survivability Conference Amp; Exposition II, 2001. DISCEX '01. Proceedings. Vol. 2. pp. 184–195 vol.2. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/DISCEX.2001.932171. ISBN 978-0-7695-1212-9.
  4. ^ Lynley, Matthew. "An Interview With Alex Roetter, Twitter's Head Of Engineering". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  5. ^ "Improving communication across distributed teams | Twitter Blogs". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  6. ^ "The unsung hero of meetings at Twitter is Google Hangouts". Fortune. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ Nbn; Security; Science; Cisco; Google; People don't want big OpenFlow deployments, so let's do small ones; authentication, Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO; MWC, NFV players push their wares to mobile operators at. "Confused by crazy crashes? Check your Linux kernel virtual Ethernet code". Retrieved 2016-10-21. {{cite web}}: |last5= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ Truong, Alice. "More proof that Twitter is a sinking ship". Quartz. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  9. ^ "The 2 guys who led Twitter's biggest product launch in years are no longer at the company". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  10. ^ "Benchmark hires Vijay Pandurangan | PitchBook News". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  11. ^ Pandurangan, Vijay. "The Key to Snapchat's Profitability: It's Dirt Cheap to Run". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  12. ^ "Poorly anonymized logs reveal NYC cab drivers' detailed whereabouts". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  13. ^ Hern, Alex (2014-06-27). "New York taxi details can be extracted from anonymised data, researchers say". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  14. ^ "Sticky data: Why even 'anonymized' information can still identify you". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  15. ^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo. "Redditor cracks anonymous data trove to pinpoint Muslim cab drivers". Mashable. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  16. ^ Trotter, J.K. "Public NYC Taxicab Database Lets You See How Celebrities Tip". Gawker. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  17. ^ "Giving Google Your Mobile Number Could Make Your Gmail Account Less Secure, Expert Warns". The Huffington Post. 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  18. ^ Condliffe, Jamie. "The Evolution of Movie Poster Colors, Visualized". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  19. ^ "The History Of Movie Posters Shows Our Changing Color Bias Over Time". Complex. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  20. ^ "How to Let Your Friends Run Wild With Your Dating Profile". ABC News. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  21. ^ "About Celo: Learn more about Celo's team". Celo. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  22. ^ "Avochato Announces $5 Million in Series A Funding Led by Amity Ventures". Businesswire. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  23. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Rossum raises $4.5M to make OCR-like data entry many times more accurate". Techcrunch. Retrieved February 3, 2020."We raised $4.5M to make data entry faster and more economical". Rossum. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  24. ^ "Seed&Spark Closes $1M in Seed Funding". Finsmes. Retrieved February 3, 2020.