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Newsmaker: Vipul Ved Prakash

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Until last week, Vipul Ved Prakash, 36, and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, 38, were just techies known for their ardent support for the free software movement and a survey on free software that they published in May 2000.But earlier this week, they shot into limelight when consumer electronics giant Apple announced it was acquiring the duo's social search and analytics firm, Topsy Labs, for a whopping $200 million. In one clean sweep, the deal catapulted the co-founders of the US-based company into the league of successful Indian-American tech entrepreneurs, making yet another pair of new faces of India's software talent.

MIT's profile of its pick of under-35 innovators, which includes him. He first attracted attention for a creating a collaborative anti-spam system called Vipul's Razor. In 2001, Prakash co-founded another California-based company, Cloudmark, which provides protection against spam, viruses, phishing and other computer threats. Cloudmark builds email security software for consumers and enterprises based on the collaborative filtration technology of Vipul's Razor.

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