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S for Sundar Pichai

... Atif Kidwai:

S is for Sundar


“From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have.

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.”


Former Google CEO Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin have pooled in their resources for the formation of Alphabet Inc. which has quite a crazy web address that commemorates the whole idea of the parent company of Google and other technologies like Life Sciences, Calico, X Lab, Ventures and Capital, etc.

Apart from the craziness Larry Page mentioned in the letter on the Alphabet website, one more crazy phenomenon has occurred, yet again!


What seemed like a crazy idea back in 1980s and 1990s of Indians becoming world leaders when Indian immigration happened in large numbers towards Silicon Valley in the United States, has now become a rather fortunate series of events in the 21st century with Indian immigrants and Indian-Americans shattering the age old saying of Indians being able to work as engineers and not managers. After Pepsico’s Indira Nooyi, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen, Slideshare’s Rashmi Sinha, and many others inclusive of the infamous Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai has been touted and confirmed as the new CEO of Google Inc. having been worked and lead the product management, innovation and engineering teams at Google.


Sundar Pichai has been a trusted aid for Larry since quite some time and he very well deserved it for his reputation of being a peacemaker in the organization. Being a modest electrical engineer’s son back in Chennai having been raised from the then luxury of TV and personal mode of transportation studying in IIT Kharagpur to getting a scholarship to Stanford and completing MBA from Wharton, Sundar Pichai’s life is no less than a dreamy blue eyed boy’s tale. Furthermore, he married his then girlfriend who shifted when he was at Stanford.


In an interview, Sundar heart-achingly remembers how his parents had to use their family savings for the amount to send him to Stanford which was than his father’s annual salary.


Sundar when dropped academia and pursued towards a career in Google after having been worked with Applied Materials and McKinsey & company was responsible for the toolbar when he joined. He’s known to lead innovation and product management and is the person who can actually get the work done. Be it Chrome, Android, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Maps, he’s done it all. He is also known to fondly remember and state the statistics of really anything!


People like Sundar and Nadella who are easily biggest tech influencers in the world have proudly indeed put Indian immigrants on the map of global citizenship. And as the Alphabet site states, G is for Google, well, S is for Sundar!