After almost 5 years building up Google Southeast Asia, Vinoaj Vijeyakumaar, has left to become the Head of Product Development at an ambitious startup, Dropmyemail. Mind-boggling as it may seem to some that anyone would leave the comforts and security of Google, it is in-built for some to take a risk.“Startups are in my DNA - they are more lean, nimble and hungry. I’m at a stage in life where I can take the risk one more time. “ Vinoaj, or Vinny, as he is commonly known, goes on to say, “I was starting to feel the itch to return back to the startup world.”
Vinny was introduced to the company by Charif El- Ansari, ex-Head of Business Development at Google Southeast Asia and current Head of EMEA for Dropmyemail. After seeing the coveted hockey stick growth and meeting like-minded people in the team, Vinny made the decision to quit one of the biggest companies in the world. This received a mostly positive receptions from friends and colleagues. “It has been extremely positive. Friends in Google showed overwhelming support due to the tech space startup culture. Outside of Google, people were more surprised.” According to Vinny, “One of my clients told me that ‘Everyone is fighting
to get into Google, why are you leaving?’”.
Vinny is the newest addition to Dropmyemail.com, the most comprehensive service that backs up consumer emails (and contacts, calendars and chats). The company has announced user number 650,000, only 50 days after starting operations. The phenomenal growth and the chance to build something were main draws for Vinny. “I could see that DME meets a real universal need. The signup rate in DME's first 50 days proves this. Of course, backing up email is just the start. Leveraging the existing framework against other forms of communication will ensure that we're always trying something new,” articulated Vinny.
As a web analytics and conversion specialist, Vinny will be bringing together his engineering and conversion optimization background to help solidify the product and branch it out into new avenues. Dropmyemail’s CEO and founder John Fearon commented “We are extremely pleased to have Vinny onboard. We are on track to hit one million users within three months, growing faster than Dropbox, Fab.com, Pinterest and Twitter at a similar stage. There are an estimated 4.3 billion emails in the world today; Our aim is to
back-up the internet, so Vinny and I have lots of work to do.”
With Dropmyemail, it is Vinny’s third foray into the startup scene. The first attempt was on a online accommodation booking site specialising in holiday homes.
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