An engineer through and through, Vasu Cherlopalle has always had a penchant for building things. He left his small town in Andhra Pradesh, India, to study architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, later pursuing a masters in construction management in Canada. But once he began coding, Vasu caught the bug — and swapped physical structures for software data structure.
After working in smart card GSM technologies in Canada, he moved to the vibrant college town of Austin, Texas, where he enjoyed helping build a software company while having his fair share of TexMex. But the Bay Area beckoned, and Los Gatos, California, is now where Vasu, his wife, two daughters and a handsome dog call home. When he’s not teaching his daughters basketball or enduring their relentless teasing, his favorite family pastime is taking long road trips (naturally, in a minivan). Vasu is most proud of the 20 years during which he traversed the open roads without ever getting a ticket (including during his motorcycle days) — an impressive feat considering the long treks he’s taken, including all the way from Hyderabad to Goa. When he and his family drove through Death Valley, however, his pristine ticket record sadly faced its own death.
An optimist at heart, Vasu’s favorite movie is Seabiscuit — as he always loves to root for an underdog who sets out to conquer long odds. Vasu comes to OZY after working in hardware and software technologies, including digital ad tech. Like rooting for the beloved racehorse, what excites Vasu most about his new role is the chance to be a part of something bigger than himself.