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Singapore (PRBuzz.com) May 18, 2012 -- After almost 5 years building up Google Southeast Asia, Vinoaj Vijeyakumaar, left to become the Head of Product Development at an ambitious startup, Dropmyemail. Mind-boggling as it may seem to some that anyone would leave the comforts and security of Google, it is in-built for some to take a risk.
"Startups are in my DNA - they are more lean, nimble and hungry. I'm at a stage in life where I can take the risk one more time. " Vinoaj, or Vinny, as he is commonly known, goes on to say, "I was starting to feel the itch to return back to the startup world."
Vinny was introduced to the company by Charif El- Ansari, ex-Head of Business Development at Google Southeast Asia and current Head of EMEA for Dropmyemail. After seeing the coveted hockey stick growth and meeting like-minded people in the team, Vinny made the decision to quit one of the biggest companies in the world. This received a mostly positive receptions from friends and colleagues.
"It has been extremely positive. Friends in Google showed overwhelming support due to the tech space startup culture. Outside of Google, people were more surprised." According to Vinny, "One of my clients told me that 'Everyone is fighting to get into Google, why are you leaving?'".
Vinny is the newest addition to Dropmyemail.com, the most comprehensive service that backs up consumer emails (and contacts, calendars and chats). The company has announced user number 650,000, only 50 days after starting operations. The phenomenal growth and the chance to build something were main draws for Vinny.
"I could see that DME meets a real universal need. The signup rate in DME's first 50 days proves this. Of course, backing up email is just the start. Leveraging the existing framework against other forms of communication will ensure that we're always trying something new," articulated Vinny.
As a web analytics and conversion specialist, Vinny will be bringing together his engineering and conversion optimization background to help solidify the product and branch it out into new avenues.
Dropmyemail's CEO and founder John Fearon commented "We are extremely pleased to have Vinny onboard. We are on track to hit one million users within three months, growing faster than Dropbox, Fab.com, Pinterest and Twitter at a similar stage. There are an estimated 4.3 billion emails in the world today; Our aim is to back-up the internet, so Vinny and I have lots of work to do."
With Dropmyemail, it is Vinny's third foray into the startup scene. The first attempt was on a online accommodation booking site specialising in holiday homes throughout Australia and the second try was an online ecommerce solutions for bookstores. Despite both previous startups peaking and ebbing, Vinny feels that there were important lessons learnt and that third time is the charm.
"I loved the environment - there's nothing like being the underdog trying to fight their way through to the top. You learn immensely and create close bonds with your colleagues and partners. All of this leads to the ability to be nimble and to be able to launch and iterate products in a quick fashion," commented Vinny.
Vinny was born in Sri Lanka, carries an Australian passport and recently received his Singaporean permanent residency. He has lived in 11 countries and, like Dropmyemail, calls Singapore his home. Vinny believes that with some improvements like an open mind set against the common risk-averse culture and a more encouraging education system, Singapore could be the next hotbed for global technology start ups.
"Kids should be encouraged to try, fail and try again. The government support is great and it can be ramped up by bringing in seasoned entrepreneurs to set up shop or to interact with the community," commented Vinny.
Though Vinny could have remained in a cushy Google life, he wanted to be challenged again. Big corporations often lose touch with owning their products or get tied up in hierachies. It will be amazing to see Vinny's contribution to Dropmyemail's aim to back up the Internet.
"Google was a great learning experience where I was exposed to many sides of the business and many different types of partners. I wanted to pursue a challenge where I could put those skills and knowledge to use at a company that is in its early stages."
Dropmyemail.com is a freemium consumer service that lets you backup your emails, contacts, chat and calendars, automatically. It is a simple and secure process that works with most platforms, including Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail.
It was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the Freedom Award. It was also selected as a success case study for Amazon Web Services. You can see the video here: http://aws.amazon.com/apac/leancloud/
Users are given 500MB storage space for free. Users can then purchase up to 10GB monthly/annual, priced as: 5GB - Pro 5, $0.99 per month or $ 9.99 per year; 10GB - Pro 10, $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Users who invite friends can increase their free storage to 2GB.