Founders Recharge Station: Important Lessons From Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai, the Chief Executive Officer of Google, was born and bought up in a middle class family in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He spent most of his childhood living in a modest two bedroom apartment with his parents and grew up living a restricted life. Pichai earned his degree from IIT Kharagpur in Mettalurgical Engineering.

After completing his education from IIT Kharagpur and Stanford University, Pichai took the biggest leap of his life by joining Google in 2004 where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS. He was also largely responsible for  Google Drive. In addition, he went on to oversee the development of other applications such as Gmail and Google Maps. In 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversaw. He became the youngest CEO of Google in 2015. In December 2019, Pichai became the CEO of Alphabet Inc.

A new Rs 75,000-crore fund has been announced by Google to help accelerate India’s digital economy.

Have a look at five lessons that can be learned from the life of Sundar Pichai.

1. Be bold enough to accomplish your goals:
Sundar Pichai always pursued for bigger dreams even if he was from a middle class background. Till date, he encourages all entrepreneurs to follow their passion, dream big, innovate and constantly discover themselves. In order to reach the zenith, you have to work really hard and have to be persistent in all your approaches.

2. Face challenges and be unique :

Pichai led the company through one of their major changes, moving from just software related solutions to hardware and retail. Under his guidance, Google expanded in 2015 to restructure its sprawling business and created the parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet became the home for its more experimental projects such as space exploration and anti mortality.This way, Pichai was ambitious that helped him keep his inspiration high at the same time being unique helped him deliver out of the box solution.

3. Do not give up:
Pichai has always had a positive attitude to failure. “Wear your failure as a badge of honor and start again,” he says. In 2013, the company came under immense scrutiny for invading the privacy of the users. This year, the company also faced allegations of increasing gender gap and discrimination. However, Pichai persevered in trying to rectify the past mistake, create a more stable work environment and build a better future for everyone.

4. Do Smart Work:
Sundar Pichai has always kept a work life balance. He believes in working smart to boost efficiency and productivity levels. Chrome, was initially started as an experiment by his team of 10 engineers. When Microsoft made ‘Bing’ its default browser, it was assumed that Chrome would not work out in the market. However, with a few innovative approaches, Chrome grabbed its position in the search market.

5. Follow Your Passion:

Watch what Pichai has to say about pursuing your passion in this video –

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