We decided to dilute the related technology biographies of people without whom this technology may not be. But we start not with Elon musk or bill gates as one might think. And undeservedly less famous man who now occupies the post of the General Director of Google. His name is Sundar Pichai.
Life Pichai is a perfect example of when living the American dream (“work hard — for you it will get wealth and success”). Because just a poor guy from India his intelligence and perseverance has grown from a simple Manager to one of the most powerful corporations on the planet.
The Americans, though, and I love to share these examples of career motivated “see how good life in our country!”, somehow much rather replicate biography born into the Bill gates (Microsoft) or Noallow Gabe (Valve/Steam) from the state of Washington than about the natives of India led by Google and Microsoft. If you want to find a book about Sundar Pichai, even in English, to choose from. We do not claim to be the great biographers, but I want to tell at least about the main facts of the life of the head of “our all” by Google, so you know who you trust your email, your Internet search history of watched videos and your smartphone entirely.
Better to be second than first in the village
Now, Sundar Pichai (who, incidentally, is the birth name was almost the opposite — Pichai Sundararajan) was born on 12 July 1972 in the South of India, in Chennai. The family of Sundar was poor not just by American, but by Soviet standards. The family had no TV, no car, nor even a refrigerator. A simple scooter father had been saving for three years, but the first technical device with which you are faced Pichai in childhood, became a regular wired home phone, which my parents bought when the future head of Google it was 12 years. But even in such conditions, the propensity for technology emerged and faded in him from an early age. For this we must thank his father, the engineer-electrician who liked to tell his son about his work.
Since early childhood, Sundar had surprised everyone with an excellent memory for numbers — his big trick he surprises colleagues to this day. And yet from his youth he was a good leader. For example, in school he was captain of the cricket team, together they won the regional competition. And at the same time as his classmates say, he was a nerd — fixated on their studies.
At the University Sundar is not “extinct”. He studied metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, and one of his teachers later told reporters that Sundar was the best student on the stream. There he met anjali — his future girlfriend and later wife. But love can not eat, to live like the wealthy, so a little later Sundar received a scholarship in a prestigious US University Stanford, and in 1993 immigrated to the United States.
It was not a “piece of cake”, because the ticket price in the U.S. was higher than the annual salary of his father. According to some reports, the salary of Sundar’s father at that time was about 3000 rupees / current 2800-3000 rubles a month.
Google Sundar came in 2004, having before that work in a less well-known companies — Applied Materials (computer chips, phones and TVs) and McKinsey & Co (business consulting). And also get an MBA (Master of Business Administration, the program of preparation of managers of middle and senior management).
Interview at Google the future of his Chapter, and then still the candidate for the post of the ordinary employee, was held on 1 April 2004 when the company announced the launch of its new service — Gmail. It’s funny that no one, including Pichai, didn’t believe it seriously is April 1 after all. And one of the tasks on a series of interviews as time was to tell what can be improved in Gmail, and how to do it.
You are now reading this website through the program, which was created by Sundar Pichai
The Corporation Sundar worked initially on Google-toolbar — ~~damn~~ the search tools that worked add-in in popular browsers of the time — Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The career of Sundar went up sharply when he gathered up courage and suggested to the leadership of Google is not to exploit the competitors ‘ products, and to create their own browser — Google Chrome. However, to promote the idea was very difficult.
Before Microsoft launched its search engine — Bing, its browser, Internet Explorer — used search service from Google. And suddenly with the release of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft threw a Google search of the standard that Google meant only one thing — if something is not done, there is a risk of losing hundreds of millions of inexperienced users, who do not know how to change your browser settings, or by manually typing the address of the site (don’t laugh, they are the majority to this day). It was then that the Google bar and became, albeit temporary, but still saving for the company. But Sundar has done everything to negotiate with suppliers ready computers (e.g. HP) to the Google toolbar was originally installed on new desktop computers in the collection and laptops.
It saved the situation, but Sundar continued to insist on getting away from other browsers and create your own. The user Google is not supported, because all are satisfied, what Sundar and 10 engineers engaged in the development of Chrome almost like partisan, not to anger the bosses a waste of effort for something minor. And even when they showed the parent page and Brin working example of browser, no enthusiasm, they did not.
However, Sundar was convincing enough, and Labor Day 2008 Google Chrome was ready to come out into the light. And now, as we all know, 67% of all Internet users visit the sites using Chrome. The share of other browsers that started long before Chrome, in times less. In this and most Chrome already 11 years old — time flies, guys.
More importantly, the emergence of Google Chrome paved the way for such successful projects like Chrome OS, Chromebook and Chromecast (successful abroad, not in Russia though). Such feats Pichai noticed and started to advance on the career ladder: — In 2008 he was promoted to Vice President of product development. — In 2009 Twitter was trying to poach Sundar to yourself, and, it was rumoured that Google rewarded him with the sum, calculated in millions of dollars, when that still remained. In 2012 he became the Vice President of Google Chrome and specialty applications.
Ideas more important than money
When the Department dealing with development of mobile Android operating system, went Andy Rubin (to create your anyone don’t need a smartphone), guess who was put in his place? That’s right — in 2013, Sundar was running “Android”. But he also did not stand on the spot and scored — he decided to create a lightweight version of the system for low-end smartphones, now known as Android One. In this place our readers-fans of smartphones smirk and say that they are buying strictly OCTA-core and only the fast model, but the facts state that with a low-powered cell phones on Lite Google Android very seriously increased the number of polzovateley. Finally, Sundar was engaged in the development of cloud storage with Google Drive and Google Maps.
In 2014, Microsoft already was the name of Sundar Pichai to yourself CEO. This is not surprising, because Google Sundar oversaw the direction ChromeOS is based on connection to the Internet operating system for cheap laptops, which was wildly popular abroad, and, logically, moved the Windows in the niche of cheap laptops.
In 2015, namely 10 August, Google brought a lot of news. First, its founders, Larry page and Sergey Brin, created a new company, Alphabet, which will do many new things, and Google is just one of its divisions. And to lead directly to Google, they requested… Yes, Sundar Pichai! That, in fact, was a logical decision, because 43-year-old Sundar to that moment for many years was the right hand Larry page.
Why Pichai has become so successful
Hard work in high school and University — a scholarship from Stanford is not given to everyone.
Loyalty — because it was trying to lure Twitter and Microsoft.
The ability to find common language with different people, be it suppliers of PC, which he persuaded by default install the Google toolbar when it was especially necessary not to lose in the fight with Microsoft; or senior management, which believed that Google needs its own browser; and now an endless ocean subordinates, who then rally against trump, then speak for and against gender inequality or other nonsense. Since its inception Pichai tries not to interfere with anyone openly and recklessly, and has earned a reputation as the guy everyone loves.
For posts of all Google CEO Sundar remains to this day, and now grapple not only with competitors but also with a strange initiatives of the U.S. Congress (it is becoming commonplace for tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook), solves internal problems in the company and things like that.
Pichai, not surprisingly, believe in artificial intelligence, and Google is trying hard to develop new and modify old products with the modern automation and AI. So far, however, the very words with deeds. For example, the revolutionary products we while Google did not wait — despite the fact that Pichai every year at the conference Google I/O shows some new breakthrough in the mass production of the out just much more simple services. For example, two years ago, Sundar has shown us that Google Photos can automatically take all of the photos, for example, chain-link fence, through which you photographed — and still nothing did not become a reality.
A year ago, Sundar under the General Ahi demonstrated how their voice assistant can book a table at the restaurant through casual conversation indistinguishable from a human. But, again, nothing came out, and the smartest of the “smart” voice assistants remains nasonovsky English Alexa.
The second problem is only just too retarded of a large company not trying to flirt with the audience using the technologies based on AI, so Google’s innovations in this area are at risk to get lost among the sea of strangers.
In what direction and how Sundar will lead Google in the future — big and interesting question. He is just 47 years, while he has already a huge experience, so worry neither for him nor for Google is not necessary.
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