Social impact business
Ramachandran and his wife Meena were tired doing the back and forth trips between the United States and India for three decades. They heeded their daughter’s advice to focus on a business which could have a massive social impact.
He started teaching in New Jersey in 1984. Moved to work in Michigan, then to Silicon Valley in 1991. Set up semi-conductor company Applied Materials in India in 2002. Did a start-up in 2005 on product design software - didn’t want to be a big but a niche player and sold this in 2014. Started a LED lighting company in 2009 and sold it in 2011.