Pichai Sundararajan or Sundar Pichai of India has been officially named as CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page in the role. This future of Google is considered as the right-hand of Larry Page, but earned this spot after 15 years of hard work and innovations, especially in the last 11 months or so. He was in charge of all of Google’s major products, including search, ads, Android, browser, and maps.
There were lot of smart people at Google, but in terms of the consumer products he’s worked on so far, so he really deserves the limelight.
From that relatively hard-scrabble upbringing (his family got around by piling onto a Lambretta scooter,) Pichai attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, won a scholarship to Stanford University, worked at the early Silicon Valley blue chip Applied Materials Inc. and joined Google Inc. as a product manager working on the toolbar, an important early window into Google’s services that appeared on the top of Web browsers like Internet Explorer.
His new role will be about positioning Google for thefuture, which hands him some of the toughest jobs in all of tech like shifting the profit engine from the desktop to mobile and combating the rapid growth of online shopping and more Inc. in e-commerce and cloud computing and Facebook Inc. in social networking.
Sundar Pichai was born in Chennai, India in 1972. His father Regunatha Pichai was an electrical engineer. They used to live in a two room apartment, with Sundar and his younger brother sleeping in the living room. During his childhood when his father Regunatha come home after work and talk to him a lot about my work day and challenges he faced and Sundar would listen curiously about his father’s work.
Sundar’s family did not own car or television when he was a kid.The Pichai family used to travel on the scooter that his father owned. Sundar says “my parents sacrificed a lot of their life and used a lot of their disposable income to make sure their children were educated.” They had their telephone when he was 12 years old. Interestingly he could remember every number he ever dialed.
After schooling he joined IIT, Kharagpur. After doing his he won an additional scholarship to Stanford University to study materials science and semiconductor physics. He did his MBA from Wharton School of Business in 2002. Sundar went to google for the interview on 1st April 2004. Interestingly on this date Gmail was launched. Sundar joined the small team which was working on Google’s search toolbar. He proposed of google having its own browser but then CEO Eric Schmidt was not happy with the idea. Later chrome became the most used browser in PCs and phones.
On 13 March 2013, he added Android to the list of product he oversees. On 10th August 2015 he was announced as next CEO of Google.
His journey so far:
Sundar with his family in his early days at US
Sundar at Stanford University dorms
Sundar at google IO event.
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