Following the LinkedIn scandal, Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal chooses to forgo Microsoft Cloud

May 11, New Delhi Ola Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said on Saturday that he will be leaving the tech giant’s Azure cloud services and shifting the whole burden of his firm to his own artificial intelligence (AI) startup, Krutrim. Aggarwal took on Satya Nadella-run Microsoft after a dissatisfying experience with LinkedIn.

The choice was made in response to Aggarwal’s criticism of LinkedIn, a professional network owned by Microsoft, for removing his articles without giving him notice.

In a blog post, he said, “We’ve decided to move our entire workload out of Azure to our own Krutrim cloud within the next week because Ola is a big customer of Azure and LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft.”

The Ola CEO said, “My team is so charged up about doing this, but it is a challenge, as all developers know.”

Aggarwal also advised developers to give themselves “a whole year worth of free cloud use, “as long as you don’t go back to Azure after that,” to those who choose to leave Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

He had criticized LinkedIn, claiming that their AI technology was dangerously and sinisterly forcing a political philosophy on members who were Indian.

Microsoft and LinkedIn did not immediately respond to Aggarwal’s declaration that he would be switching from Azure Cloud to his own Krutrim cloud.

The story began when Aggarwal posted on X about “pronoun illness” and discussed his opinions on gender pronouns. The founder was addressed by “they” and “their” in the answer from the LinkedIn bot.

Regarding gender inclusiveness, Aggarwal said in his article that “we don’t need lectures from Western companies on how to be inclusive.”

“In my own experience, I visited Ayodhya last year and discovered that transgender people have always been treated with special respect in our society,” he said.

However, the pronoun problem that “I wrote about” is a woke political philosophy that is unrelated to India.

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