This Article is From Jan 05, 2017

Saw My First Computer At IIT: Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Saw My First Computer At IIT: Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google Inc.

Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai interacts with students at his alma mater IIT Kharagpur in West Bengal.

Here are highlights of some of the things he said: 
  • Saw my first computer at IIT
  • Always wanted to build products
  • Always wanted to work on computing, build computing products
  • That's what I've been focused on 
  • Had my share of all experience which all of you go through 
  • Of course I bunked morning classes
  • Staying up late at night 
  • Best memories are with my wing-mates 
  • Good memories 
  • Great foundation we have as a country
  • Getting into an elite institution does not guarantee success
  • Enjoy what you are doing 
  • As an engineer, it is important to remember that there are many many ways you can achieve things
  • When you try to run something at the scale of Google 
  • As a leader, a lot of your job is about making sure you have good people 
  • Remove roadblocks for them 
  • Also valued teamwork quite a bit 
  • Setting up collaborative success is something we focus on 
  • Google is set up in a way
  • Even if I sent an email they won't do it 
  • We have set of rules to go by 
On digitisation: 
  • We try hard to build products that work for everyone 
  • In order to get Google working in India, you need to get it to work in as many languages as possible 
  • It works even in rural situations, with different dialects and so on 
  • Need to bring down entry-level smartphone prices to $30 level
  • Working on digitising payments 
  • Indian will be a global player in digital economy
  • And will be competitive with any economy in the world 
On IIT admissions: 
  • Lots of competition out there
  • I heard people start preparing for IIT as soon as the eighth grade 
  • It's important to keep your hopes and dreams and try to follow them 
  • Most of how your life plays up is up to you
On ragging: 
  • I was made to carry baggages across railway platform by seniors... it's a long platform 
On how you can get a job at Google:
  • Mathematics is foundational 
  • Machine learning algorithms is all mathematics