Birth and early life
Sundar Pichai was born on 12 July 1972 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu to a middle-class family. His full name is ‘Sundar Rajan Pichai’. His father Raghunath Pichai General Electric Co. Was a Senior Electrical Engineer. His mother Laxmi Pichai used to work as a stenographer. But he quit this job after the birth of Pichai’s younger brother.
His childhood was spent in Ashok Nagar area of Chennai. His family of four lived in a small two-room house there. His father’s income was limited, due to which his standard of living was normal. They did not have any means of comfort like TV, fridge, car. His father used to emphasize the education of his children more than the means of amenities.
When Pichai was 12, his father installed the first dialer phone at his home. This was the first technology-related item that Pichai saw at his home. After calling home, Pichai came to know of his own unique talent. Every number he would dial would have been printed in his mind. He never forgot that number. Even today, they remember many years old numbers.
Elementary and higher education
Sundar Pichai was a promising student of quiet nature. Apart from studies, he was also interested in sports. He was the captain of the cricket team of his school. Till class 10, he studied at ‘Jawahar Vidyalaya’ located in Ashok Nagar, Chennai. After that he did his 12th class from Vana Vani School, IIT, Chennai.
At the age of 17, he got admission in IIT Kharagpur after passing the IIT entrance examination. His branch there was ‘Metallurgical & Material Science’. During his engineering (1989–1993) he was always the Topper of his batch. In the year 1993, he topped his batch in the final examination and won a silver medal.
Education and Elementary Jobs in USA
After taking an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur, Sundar Pichai went to study at Stanford University, USA on scholarship. There he did ‘Master of Science’ in ‘Material Science & Engg.’ Being an MBA, he obtained an MBA degree from Pennsylvania University’s Wharton School.
After doing MBA, he worked in Project Management and Engineering in ‘Applied Material’. Then worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Login to google
On 1 April 2004 Sundar Pichai went to give his interview at Google. The same day the company launched the Testing Version of Gmail. The interviewee asked him some questions regarding Gmail. Initially Pichai could not answer those questions properly. They felt that the interviewers might be making fun of April Fools. But when he was asked to use Gmail, then he could put his ideas openly in front of them. Interviewers were so impressed by his ideas that he was immediately placed on the job. His initial responsibilities at Google were related to Google Toolbar and Search.
Google Chrome Project
When Sundar Pichai started working at Google, the Google Toolbar and Search Engine used to be the default option in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
One day he got the idea that Google should make its own web browser because if someday Microsoft develops its own search engine and sets it the default option in Internet Explorer, then Google will move away from there permanently. When he presented his proposal to CEO Eric Schmidt, he refused to approve it, calling it a costly project. But Pichai persevered and convinced Google’s co-creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to get Google Chrome’s project approved in 2006.
After 6 months of approve Google Chrome, the same thing happened, which Pichai suspected. On October 18, 2006, suddenly Microsoft removed Bing from Internet Explorer and set Bing to be its default search engine. Google used to get millions of traffic daily from Internet Explorer and earned millions every day. This was a major setback for Google.
But this situation was already realized by Pichai. So, in 24 hours, along with his team, he discovered Internet Explorer’s loop-hole. Due to which people who had moved on Bing, in the front of a pop-up window, Google started to have the option to set their default search engine again. In this way they retained 60 percent of Google’s users back. After this setback by Microsoft, Google took the strategic move and signed a deal with HP and all the big computer distributors that they will give option default related to Google Toolbar and its search on their PC.
Promotion to the post of Senior Vice President
Sundar Pichai’s foresight saved Google from a major loss. Given his style and talent, he was promoted to the position of Senior Voice President at Google. Pichai played a key role in the Google Chrome project. When the Google Chrome Launch was launched in 2008, it was Google’s biggest success of all time. Today Google Chrome is the most used web browser in the world.
Post of Vice President
Pichai was made the Vice President of Project Development in 2008 following the success of Google Chrome. In 2012, he was made the Vice President of Google App and Chrome. After Andy Rubin, who made Android in 2013, left the project, Pichai also took charge of it and made his outstanding contribution.
Today, Microsoft has the largest share of OS in computer system, similarly today, Google has the largest share of OS in personal phone. Sunder Pichai’s skilled leadership is behind this success.
In 2014, he was made the overall head of all Google products, given his ability. Which includes products like Google Search, Google Map, google Plus, Google Commerce and GoogleAd.
Great credit for the success of Google goes to the new innovations that are happening continuously at Google and the leader working behind these innovations is — Sundar Pichai.
CEO of Google
Seeing his achievements, Google announced him as the CEO of the company on 10 August 2015. With this, Sundar Pichai has joined those of Indian origin, who are the top executives of the $ 400 billion reduction company. Today, his annual income is Rs 335 crore.
A company like Google where getting a job is a big deal. It is a matter of pride for all of us Indians that an Indian origin person has reached the highest position in that company.