Sundar Pichai: From Humble Beginnings to Google’s New CEO



Sundar Pichai is certainly the name that everybody is taking at the moment. His success as an individual gives a hope that every hard working man can achieve what one is capable of. Born in Chennai, Pichai was the son of an electrical engineer and his mother worked as a stenographer before. His interest in technology was developed at a very early when even a simple talk about his father’s job would bring him enough excitement.

He studied in Hi Tech public school and later went to earn his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. Later he got a scholarship to Stanford University to study material science and semiconductor physics. Not coming from an affluent background, Pichai had a hard life abroad where he constantly struggled for the basics. However this did not affect his studies. Even Alan Eustace, the vice president for engineering in Google was astonished after a meeting with Pichai when he saw his power of recalling numerical digits from just memory.

Pichai tried his hands in different jobs like working as a product manager at Applied Materials, as a consultant at McKinsey and also getting a MBA from Wharton School of Business. He joined Googleplex on April 1,2004 and from there he had no looking back. From overseeing different apps like Gmail and Google map and being Google’s product Chief along with being largely responsible for Google Drive, Pichai was announced as the CEO on 10th August, stepping in after Alphabet.Inc, the new conglomerate of the Google family is completed. From humble beginnings he has now attained the sky high.

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Rituparna Das
Student Reporter at Linkfried, Rituparna is a student of Yadavpur University, Calcutta. She writes about Education News, Information , announcement From calcutta.