Sundar Pichai has recently been promoted to CEO of Google, and everyone’s asking: who is Sundar Pichai? What makes him special? What will he do with his new power? And what will he change about Google in the future? To learn more about him, we must first dive into his past and find out where he came from and how he got where he is today. How Sundar Pichai is changing the world
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He doesn’t want you to Google
He wants you to do Google. When Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt announced in late 2011 that one day he’d like to see every device on earth hooked up to the internet, who could have imagined he was talking about every single human being alive? That’s exactly what Google (and by extension, its new CEO, 43-year-old Indian-born engineer Sundar Pichai) intends to do. How Sundar Pichai is changing the world
|Born||June 10, 1972 (age 49)|
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
|Education||IIT Kharagpur (BTech) Stanford University (MS) University of Pennsylvania (MBA)|
|Title||CEO of Alphabet and Google|
|member of||Alphabet Inc.|
Magic Leap (2014–2018)
|Awards||Padma Bhushan (2022)|
He wants you to stay connected
From Google’s innovations in high-speed, fiber-optic internet to its work on remote controls that make it easy to use your TV by waving your hand, some of Google’s most forward-thinking products are focused on staying connected—and making it even easier to stay connected. So you can get more done and enjoy more downtime at home. But that’s not all.
How he runs Google
Google has grown from a company that operated out of founder garage to one of the largest corporations in America. As Google has grown and evolved, so too has its leader, Sundar Pichai. Overseeing technology giants like Microsoft and Apple may be his future—Pichai joined Google as one of its first employees and has served as CEO since 2015. But what is it about Pichai that makes him so qualified to lead?
On being a billionaire
It’s nice to have people recognize that you’re doing something well. It’s also pretty weird. You get used to it, but it definitely gets a little surreal at times. You see people at airports and I can tell by their reaction that they know who I am, and that’s very strange—but in a good way! It feels great to know your work has had an impact, not just on Google, but on all these other companies as well.
On winning and losing
At Google, we encourage our employees to take big swings, knowing that some of them will fail. As long as you take those risks and learn from them (and I believe we have), they’re what differentiate a successful company from a failure. The only thing that matters at the end of day is whether you win or lose.