Sunny Sen 04. December 2019 22:10:32 IST
When Google Chrome became the most widely used browser in 2012, the company wanted to do some media interaction. The company's communications team turned to Sundar Pichai, the man who developed the browser. In his low tone, he said, "I can do it after 1
Pichai, a quiet engineer who grew up in Chennai, knows and worked with a perfect blend of emotional and visionary qualities. Perhaps the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Pichai made room to become CEO of Alphabet Inc Google's parent company, and run an Internet empire estimated at 893.33 billion U.S. dollar.
This is also the first time that the founders of an American conglomerate have made way for an Indian. Microsoft also has an Indian – Satya Nadella – as CEO, but founder Bill Gates had given up his CEO position to an American CEO, Steve Ballmer.
But who else but Page and Brin could have taken such a position can take a bold step. Pichai had been selected to become Google's CEO even before Alphabet was launched.
The change comes at a time when Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, is driving cultural change within the company. He recently emailed Google employees that the company would abolish the weekly all-hands meeting, a trend the founders initiated in 1999 that defined the open and transparent corporate culture.
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Do not run a forum though Half of your employees are sleeping and in different time zones. Sundar knows this on the condition of anonymity, "said a current Google employee. "There's a lot of talk about things happening in Google in other countries like India and Japan."
India alone has more than 2,000 employees, more than 1 million employees. The acquisition of Pichai will increase India's importance in the global scheme of things. "He believes a product will work globally if it works in India," said the above person. Of course, India is the second largest country in the world in terms of the number of internet users.
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No one in Google may understand India like Pichai. His education was modest, and that still defines Pichai. He grew up in a house without a fridge or a TV. "He remembers his childhood and how difficult it is to access information," said the Google staff leadership quoted above. People who have worked with him say that Pichai is a unique leader. "He combines vision, team building, execution and deep humility. This is a rare combination, "said Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India and President of TiE Delhi-NCR. Anandan was also Country Manager for Google India and worked closely with Pichai.
Anandan adds that Google is not a top-down organization. "You have to build the alignment," he said. "You can not expect everyone to go to the left without everyone believing it's the right thing to do."
Pichai is great at aligning people to a goal. "His ability to connect with people – from prime ministers to CEOs to 21-year-olds – is just amazing," said Anandan. "I have never seen Sundar (Pichai) visibly annoyed. He is totally zen, never baffled.
Anandan recalls how Rashtrapati Bhawan saw children playing cricket as they drove past the lawns near the India Gate. He asked everyone to stop and joined the children. Pichai loves cricket and American football and is a big Sachin Tendulkar fanatic.
Everyone seems to love Pichai. "He's been talking to me at Google's Mountain View headquarters," recalls Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and non-executive chairman of Infosys. "He can deal with different personalities."
Nilekani also said that the company is increasingly focused on India after Pichai became CEO of Google. But he is not just a person of the people. "He's looking at things strategically. He's a great tech and product man and can translate technical ideas into product reality, "added Nilekani. There are Calico, DeepMind, CapitalG, X, Google Fiber, Sidewalk Labs and Waymo among others. Many of them are bets that Alphabet has completed for the future.
Pichai also defined Google's AI First approach and is committed to the growth of the next billion users, with India as the cornerstone of success. AI stands for Artificial Intelligence.
Others who met him said he was a proud Indian. "He is proud of his Indian," said Deep Kalra, co-founder and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip, who met him shortly after taking over Pichai as Google's CEO. "He is a charming, wonderful, down-to-earth leader."
But being a good person does not stop Pichai from making difficult decisions. "He has a way to get things done. As CEO of such a large organization, you have to make difficult decisions. That's the magic of leadership, "Anandan said.
Anandan recalls attending many meetings when he did not fully agree with Pichai. But during the meeting, things would change, and Anandan said he never left a meeting when both disagreed. "With Sundar, things are just seamless and he never makes you feel bad," he added. "I wrote him a letter when I left Google," said Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Asia Communications at SoftBank Group International, the former Google India Director and Country Head for Corporate Communications and Public Affair He did not care to answer. He was already the CEO of Google, but he did. I did not expect any answer, "Chowdhury said. Get technology news, gadgets ratings and reviews. Popular gadgets, including specifications, features, prices, comparison of laptops, tablets and mobile devices.