Uber has appointed former Google Maps executive Manik Gupta. The new appointment emerges as the second hiring from Google Maps as the company previously appointed former Google Maps and Google Earth executive Brian McClendon.
Manik has joined Uber as director of products for maps, working closely with Brian to improve maps on Uber apps. Prior to Uber, he had founded an e-commerce startup and managed Hewlett-Packard’s online stores Asia operations and most recently worked as the director of Product Management at Google Maps. “The problem space around ‘helping move X from point A to point B’ has always intrigued me,” Manik wrote in a LinkedIn post.
“During my career I have understood this problem more deeply via founding an e-commerce startup to managing Hewlett-Packard’s online stores Asia operations and finally via building maps at Google. Uber’s version of this problem fascinates me tremendously and I look forward to learning a lot more.”
India-born Manik graduated in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and is an MBA from the Indian School of Business. He would use his efforts at Google Maps to improve and uplift Uber’s online location tracking and mapping technologies.
San Francisco, California-based Uber already expanded its business in countries like India by localising payment methods. But when it comes to mapping technology, the company still uses most of the content directly from Google Maps.
However, Uber earlier this year acquired assets from Microsoft Bing to enhance its existing mapping technology. The company also acquired a startup called deCarta that offered mapping tech solutions to add new tweaks to the available mapping solution. All these efforts would mix with the new appointments to deliver some fruitful results to the company that already raised over $8 billion.