Algolia Selects Ex-Twilio Exec to Lead Product

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Algolia has hired its first-ever Chief Product Officer, Bharat Guruprakash, to fuel its growth beyond search and cement its status as the API Platform for Dynamic Experiences.

As the head of the web search company’s product organization, Guruprakash will work to provide customers with an expansive platform of APIs to create composable applications that empower them to deliver rich, personalized, and dynamic digital experiences in real time to end consumers.

Currently, Algolia is used by about one in eight people online and its search volume is estimated to be four times bigger than Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Baidu, and Yandex combined.

“Powering tomorrow’s dynamic experiences means building market-leading products that enable businesses to predict user intent, deliver results, and build trust one moment at a time. We’ve hired our first-ever CPO to help us execute on this vision,” CEO Bernadette Nixon said in a press release. “Our goal is to expand our product portfolio beyond search.”

Guruprakash is an experienced tech veteran who joins Algolia from Twilio. While at the cloud communications giant, he served as the General Manager of Twilio account security and Senior Director of Product Management and Engineering. Before that, Guruprakash as the VP of product at Bitcasa and held engineering roles at Samsung and Digi International.

“Algolia, with its strong search foundation and API Platform for Dynamic Experiences, has a unique opportunity to enter new verticals and address new use cases to provide personalized and customized digital experiences,” Guruprakash stated. “Search and information retrieval are critical building blocks and I look forward to expanding Algolia’s product portfolio to address our customers’ needs.”


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