We’re bolstering our tech presence in India with the hire of Amazon veteran, Manikandan Thangarathnam. He joins us as Senior Director to lead all Rider and Platform engineering teams in Bangalore.

We’re also hiring 85 more engineers. This is in addition to our September announcement of hiring 140 engineers, which takes the total number of engineers we’re hiring to 225.

Mani’s addition is part of our overarching vision for positioning India as one of our technology hubs, building and innovating for the world. Mani, a well-known face in tech circles, comes with over 20 years of experience in spearheading engineering efforts across global companies where he built several core platforms and products. In his most recent role at Amazon, where he spent 13 years, he led engineering efforts for the Amazon Appstore. He was instrumental in bootstrapping the tech major’s Chennai office and building a vast team of  engineers. 

Uber’s tech expansion plans are in line with our vision to make mobility and delivery more accessible, and to become the backbone of transportation in thousands of cities across the globe.

Mobility and platform teams are responsible for building all technologies that move riders and enable drivers to earn on a dynamic marketplace platform across 10,000 cities worldwide. 

The Rider mobility team works on the problem of enabling next billion trips by building new services including high capacity vehicles (Uber bus), and car rentals, among others. The Marketplace team is building a highly-available and scalable self-serve gateway to configure, manage, and monitor Application Programming Interfaces (API) of every business domain at Uber. 

We recently also hired Jayaram Valliyur as senior director to lead our global finance technology team, spread across multiple geographies. Prior to Uber, Jayaram too worked at Amazon for 14 years, where he was responsible for bootstrapping and scaling its India development center.