Google Exec leaves to pursue love of start-ups

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, 39, has just announced she will be leaving Google after six years with the company to pursue her love of start-up Internet companies.

Singh Cassidy, who grew up in Ontario, Canada, is a top-level executive, working as President for Asia-Pacific & Latin American operations at Google. Her first position at Google was as a general manager at the Google Maps division.

Her parents, both doctors, surged her to work for herself in life. Sukhinder said, “My father drummed into me that I should work for myself,”

Sukhinder has been involved in many start-ups, including Yodlee, an online financial banking service, in 1999 where she raised capital from Silicon Valley based VC firm Accel Partners.

Sukhinder also worked for Open TV, News Corp., BSkyB, among other companies.

Sukhinder will now start working at Accel as CEO-in-Residence starting in the next week.

The venture capital industry remains dry in this gloomy economy. According to new numbers released by the U.S. National Venture Capital Association M&A deals in Q1 2009 totaled $645 million, down from $4.5 billion year-over-year in the same period.

The largest VC backed acquisition in Q1 2009 was a medical company Ablation Frontiers for $225 million made by Medtronic Inc.

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    good for her, following her dreams…

  • goog1

    good for her, following her dreams…

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