June 16, 2015

Innovator of the Month: Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai.  Original image from Android Headlines.

By Megan G.

Who is Sundar Pichai?

Sundar Pichai joined Google, Inc. in 2004 and is currently their Senior Vice President of Products.  This is no small title, as the SVP oversees a multitude of Google computing platforms and cloud applications, including (but not limited to) Google Search, Maps, Ads, Apps, Android, and Chrome.

Sundar is also one of the most featured Google employees of this past year.  He has popped up in news stories, done interviews with various publications, and spoken at high profile tech events.  He even had the honor of presenting the Keynote of Google I/O 2015 last month.

Fun Facts about Google’s SVP of Products

Sundar’s impressive credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sundar has been described as the third most important person at Google, following the company’s founders:  Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Sundar has always been intrigued by Google and the Internet for their functions as “great equalizers” that bring tech and knowledge to everyone in the world.

Why Sundar Pichai Will Go Into the Google History Books

In a Quora post by former Product Manager at Google Chris Beckmann, he wrote that Sundar was instrumental in the production of two hugely successful Google products:  Toolbar and Chrome.  Both of these products improved web user experiences, kept people searching on Google, and are currently used by millions of people.

Sundar endeavors to bring computing to “the next 5 billion people.”  He wants to improve lives everywhere with Google services and argues against the standard that only a select class of privileged people can have access to technology and the Internet.  He seeks to improve the machine learning of Google products and then deliver those products across the globe.

What have you been reading about Sundar Pichai, lately?  Let the Tek Team know in the comments!

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