about me


In over 8 years of professional experience and 6 years of academic experience in design and HCI, I have gained a very broad and multi-faceted product design experience by helping shape the behavior of products across various platforms with proven ability to scope and lead projects & teams from beginning through launch.

I am passionate about new product conceptualization and innovation. I look at problems from a holistic point of view, understand the market trends/needs, use data and insights to identify opportunities to not only create differentiated experiences but also improve existing products. I enjoy solving hard problems that we face in everyday experiences to come up with simple solutions that not only become indispensable but also bring delight to the end users.

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Nov 2017 – Jun 2018

Product Manager – Google Assistant

Google Inc.

PM on Google Assistant responsible for Meals (cooking @ home) vertical.

Feb 2017 – Nov 2017

Founder & CEO – Project Ratatouille (@Area120)

Google Inc.

Developed an audio visual kitchen assistant. Successfully graduated within 6 months to help kickstart the meals effort on Google Assistant.

Nov 2016 – Mar 2017

Design Entrepreneur in Residence @ Area 120

Google Inc.

Mentored several teams that joined Area 120 – Google’s internal startup incubator’s first class while exploring a variety of ideas.

May 2011 – Nov 2016

Staff Interaction Designer @ YouTube

Google Inc.

I was one of the founding members of YouTube Kids and worked as UX lead & manager for 3 years. Played a critical role in conceptualizing, pitching, getting executive buy-in, designing & launching the YT Kids app that is extremely well received and used by millions of families across the world. Directly managed a team of 6 (designers & researchers) responsible for shaping YouTube Kids UX.

Prior to this, Contributed to YouTube’s monetization efforts as the first designer responsible for creating cross-platform ad experiences that users love and had a huge impact on YouTube’s strategic business goals.

Oct 2009 – May 2011

Senior Interaction Designer

Yahoo! Inc. – Front Doors & Network Services Team

Led design efforts for the Browsing Software Group & contributed to the UX and Ideation of Y! FrontPage.

Jul 2008 – Oct 2009

UX Designer

Yahoo! Inc. – Convergence Development Team, Atlanta

Created TV, Web & Mobile experiences for projects done in partnership with AT&T. Led Product Design for AT&T Remote DVR and IPTV applications.

Jan 2008 – May 2008

Instructor – Principles of Visual Design

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Taught a full course “Principles of Visual Design” to under graduate students including topics in graphic design, communication design, typography, animation.

May 2007 – Aug 2007

UX Intern

Yahoo! Research Berkeley

Worked on ‘Happenings’ – a social curation & consumption tool for content created around events and ‘Zurfer’ – A location based photo browsing application for mobiles.

Aug 2006 – Dec 2006

Research Assistant, Mobile Technologies Group

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

“Wiggle Stick – A social navigation system” enables users to drop media at specific spots, have their location visible to approved friends, and find their way to desired places.

May 2005 – Aug 2005

UX Intern, 3D Interfaces Group

T-Systems International GmbH, Berlin (Deutsche Telekom AG)


Aug 2006 – May 2008

MS – Human Computer Interaction

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

GPA: 3.91/4.0

Jul 2002 – May 2006

B.Des – Bachelor of Design, Major: Communication Design

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

GPA: 8.92/10.0

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  • Filed many (>20) design & utilitiy patents at Google and Yahoo!.
  • Won Multiple Best Hack Awards at Yahoo! Hack Days.
  • Winning Team – Tiger Teams Usable Security Research Competition ’06-07 sponsored by ISS, Google and Symantec.
  • Runner-up in All India Seamless Mobility contest (MOTOFWRD 2006) held by Motorola
  • Recipient of “Pratibha Scholarship” (2002-2006), awarded by the state government in India.

UX Skills

Interaction Design

Visual Design


User Research



Ruta Raju

VP, Mobile Product & Design at Castlight Health

Shiva, is a truly talented and gifted product designer. Working with him, I found that his true strengths are his ability to understand and effectively communicate complex issues and his tenacious natural curiosity. In addition, he is completely self-directed and adept at planning and working with cross-functional teams to execute challenging tasks.

In conclusion, I must state that I hold Shiva in extremely high regard as b… Read more

– February 16, 2011


Hector Lopez

CEO at Lopez & Company

Shiva is a talented User Experience Designer who employs a data-driven method. We worked together at Yahoo where Shiva provided designs for toolbar and browser experiences resulting in increased user engagement and revenue for the company. Shiva brings a lot to the team — great ideas, knowledge of technologies and trends, and a positive can-do attitude. Read more

– January 13, 2011


Derrick Whittle

Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo

I highly recommend Shiva, having worked with him closely through several projects.

Shiva has a creative yet systematic approach to product development and interaction design. As a developer, I found Shiva to be a particularly good partner; while he possesses a strong design compass and internal product vision, Shiva was always open to feedback from dev… Read more

– September 14, 2010


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