Abhishek Nag, Facebook India’s growth manager has quit the company to join online cab aggregator Uber as head of partnerships in India as per his LinkedIn profile. Uber has confirmed Nag’s appointment. Nag will be responsible for managing Uber India’s partnerships and look after business development.
Before joining Uber, Nag was responsible for growth at Internet.org (now known as Free Basics), Facebook’s net neutrality violating platform, where he built relationships with companies who could be brought on board as strategic partners for Facebook in India. He was also responsible for local growth initiatives and opportunities, market insights, managing mobile and media and developer partnerships for 2.5 years.
Prior to that, Nag worked with Facebook on its Pages product where he eliminated malicious pages and worked on pages distribution for 6 months. He also worked on Platform operations at the same company for 2 years. Nag has also previously worked at National Instruments as an R&D Manager for over 3 years, as product specialist of modular instrumentation & RF for over a year and as an engineering leadership program engineer for 6 months.
Uber in India: Last month, the company expanded to 4 more cities in India taking its total cities of operation in India to 26, and making India Uber’s second largest geographical market outside the US. Uber claims to have over 250,000 drivers on its platform and 40% market share in the country.
Engineering centre in India: Uber is looking to set up an engineering centre in Bangalore to offer solutions for the Indian market, according to a TOI report from last month, and will hire software engineers and product managers. The India growth product engineering team as it will be called, will take care of all product and engineering projects in India. According to the report, Uber has engineering offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Sofia, Aarhus and Vilnius.
Tata Opportunities funding: In August last year, Uber raised an undisclosed amount from Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF) to expand its services and solutions in India, by making use of TOF’s network within the Tata Group and outside of it. The month prior to that, Uber expanded operations to 7 other cities in India, totalling to 18 at that time.
India investment plan: In July 2015, Uber said that it would invest $1 billion in India till March 2016 to improve its operators, expand to other cities, develop new products and payment solutions and set up a better support network.
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