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The Voodoo techie

Though he sold Voodoo, that he founded in 1991, to HP in 2006, Sood had one of the most unconventional careers in Silicon Valley.

Published: 05th August 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2012 04:32 PM   |  A+A-

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What is the only brand that makes beautiful PCs? Ask a tech connoisseur and he will say VoodooPC. VoodooPC was founded by Rahul Sood, who famously assembled his first computer at the age of 11, and dropped out of formal education after high school because he found computer courses at college uninspiring. Though he sold Voodoo, that he founded in 1991, to HP in 2006, Sood had one of the most unconventional careers in Silicon Valley. After HP’s acquisition, he joined the company as the Chief Technology Officer for its global gaming business. In this position, he helped HP bring out some of the company’s iconic products like HP Firebird and Voodoo Envy. After leaving HP in 2010, Sood moved to Seattle and joined the other global behemoth Microsoft as a GM for System Experience. In this position again he worked on some of Microsoft’s iconic products like XBox. His most important job so far though came this March when he was put in charge of the Bing fund at Microsoft as a GM/Partner. In this position, he will help budding entrepreneurs and startups by investing in them and by giving them access to information held by Bing. Sood, who started as an entrepreneur and is now an entrepreneur in a big company, has a number of inventions to his name like fanless PC technology. He is also an avid blogger and is a columnist for magazines like Custom PC.



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