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Tech Mogul With UW Roots Returns Home

By Andy Chapman

Punit Soni came to the United States to pursue his dreams of making a splash in the fast-paced world of technology. After an amazingly successful career in America, he’ll turn his attention to chase an even more promising opportunity back to his native India.

Soni, who graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2000, recently took over duties with India’s leading online shopping company, Flipkart. He is based in Bangalore, working for the company as its chief product officer.


“I worked with some of the best professors in the trade and learned a lot of the basics of electrical engineering from them,” Soni says. “It’s what got me my first break. If not for (my education at) Wyoming, I would not be doing the kind of work I get to do today.”

His resume is quite impressive. Previously, he spent eight years with global commerce giant Google, in various positions like product manager and mobile app developer. Prior positions came at Cadence Design Systems, Intel Capital and eventually, he moved on to Motorola Mobility as a vice president of product management. His leadership helped launch the Moto E, G and X smartphones.

Now at Flipkart, his responsibilities include all aspects of the product development, including crafting strategy, building teams and executing to go to market.


“I enjoy the ability to touch millions of lives through my products,” Soni says. “I used to lead the Mobile Apps group at Google. This means that the first or second version of everything from Gmail, Chat, YouTube, Calendar, Search and Maps came from my team. The phones we built at Motorola are huge successes across the world, and jumpstarted the low-cost Android device revolution.

“Flipkart has reinvented the commerce infrastructure and is changing the lives of 20 percent of the world's population. If India rises, so does the rest of the world.”

While Soni has relocated to another continent, he hopes to establish a visible presence in the tech cradle of the U.S., Silicon Valley in California. It could attract potential U.S. employees as the team is assembled in Bangalore.

“Over time, we will build programs to attract the best talent to Bangalore and also establish a significant presence back home in the Valley,” he said. “I feel privileged to have gotten all these opportunities but none of this was possible if I had not gotten an education at Wyoming.”





One of the 10 Cowboy Ethics adopted by UW is “Ride for the brand.” Erin Hennings demonstrates this principle as a third-generation UW graduate who gave her all as a student and is now pursuing a challenging career.

 

Punit Soni

Soni, who graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2000, recently took over duties with India’s leading online shopping company, Flipkart. He is based in Bangalore, working for the company as its chief product officer.

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