Anand Babu is Chief Operating Officer for Sidewalk Labs. He previously led efforts in Google’s Special Projects team focused on cities and transportation and led product incubation within Google’s Machine Intelligence team.
Prior to Google, Anand led platform strategy for Opower, a software company using real-time analytics to help utility customers save energy. He also led product for SkyDrive at Microsoft, growing it to 200 million consumer and enterprise users, and launched Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform for developers. Previously, he worked as a venture investor at Crosslink Capital, where he led investments in cloud infrastructure and solar energy. Anand started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company.
Anand is originally from Peoria, Illinois and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MBA and M.S. in Engineering Management from Northwestern University / Kellogg School of Management. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York City, where he’s nurturing his kids’ interests in garbage trucks, trains, and maps.