Uber hires 85 more engineers in India, making a team of 225 engineers

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On Thursday, Uber announced that it is hiring 85 more engineers in India. This would make a total number of  225 engineers in India including the  140 engineers that the company said it would hire last month. Uber also announced Amazon veteran, Manikandan Thangarathnam as senior director, who will lead all rider and platform engineering teams in Bangalore.

Manikandan Thangarathnam comes with over 20 years of experience in spearheading engineering efforts across global majors. He was with Amazon for 13 years and built several core platforms and products. In his most recent role, he led engineering efforts for the Amazon Appstore and was instrumental in bootstrapping the tech major’s Chennai office and building a vast team of engineers.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to join Uber and work together to transform the mobility landscape across the globe. As the world steps into a new normal, adaptability are going to be a key aspect to usher in growth. I look forward to leading the bright minds at Uber and innovating together for the world, one ride at a time,” Mani said in a statement.

Uber also recently hired Jayaram Valliyur as a senior director to lead its global finance technology team. Before Uber, Jayaram, too, worked at Amazon for 14 years, where he was responsible for bootstrapping and scaling its India development center.

“Uber’s tech expansion plans in India are in line with its vision to make mobility and delivery more accessible, and to become the backbone of transportation in thousands of cities across the globe,” the ride-hailing company said in an official release.

Elaborating on the roles of various teams at Uber, the company noted that mobility and platform teams are responsible for building all technologies that move riders and enable drivers to earn on a dynamic marketplace platform in cities across the world.

Uber further noted that the Rider mobility team works on the challenge of enabling the 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, the company concluded.

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