Brain behind google map to join Uber.

Google maps Product director Manik Gupta today announced on Linkedin that he has joined Uber as the Director of Map products. Gupta joined google in 2008 as a product manager for Google Map maker and has lead the company’s map initiative for Japan and Asia Pacific region. Gupta was promoted as a product director in 2011 and has spearheaded many feature releases in recent times.  Before joining Google , Gupta worked for HP for four years. He also had a entrepreneurial stint and co founded which was later acquired by CoShopper in 2000.

Gupta is the second big tech move to Uber in recent times. Last month Akash Garg joined the taxi hailing app as the head of their mobile and engineering department. Garg was previously working as the engineering director with twitter.

Uber has so far raised $8.2 billion and has invested aggressively in its mapping and mobile technology.It acquired a mapping startup De Carta in March this year . The company has also hired top robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and is also funding the university for its robotics innovations.


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