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Google Management Shuffle Points to Retreat From Alphabet Experiment

Posted by hkarner - 6. Dezember 2019

Date: 06‑12‑2019

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Founders’ step away mirrors broader shift as Silicon Valley faces backlash against big tech

Sundar Pichai . His ascent to CEO of Alphabet Inc. comes as the company shifts toward being more like a conventional corporation.

Sundar Pichai’s appointment this week as chief executive of Google GOOG 0.57% parent Alphabet Inc. effectively shifts the focus back on the company’s advertising profit machine and away from its “moonshots” and other potential new businesses.

Mr. Pichai’s promotion late Tuesday amounted to the biggest managerial overhaul of the internet giant since 2015, when co‑founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Alphabet as a parent company above Google. Their goal then was to make Google and its highly profitable advertising businesses just one of many subsidiaries. The stated purpose, as they said in a public letter: “We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy.”

Those goals were on‑brand for the two former Stanford University graduate students. They famously celebrated a “don’t be evil” ethos and were working on driverless cars, wearable computers, beating death and a host of other money‑losing projects. The idea was to free the duo from the day‑to‑day at Google, which remains a profit machine, to build out new, world‑changing ideas. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2018

Date: 09-11-2018
Source: The New York Times By David Gelles

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most turbulent period in its history.

Google is facing more challenges today than at any time in its 20-year history. Employees are outraged over sexual harassment. Executives are under scrutiny for an effort to secretly make a censored version of its search product for China. Google will shut down its social network next year after a data breach was discovered. Political and social debates, including one over building military-grade artificial intelligence, are roiling the work force.

Yet the man responsible for leading Google through this minefield is not one of the company’s founders — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — or even Eric Schmidt, the company’s former chief executive and chairman, who was ushered aside last year. Instead, the man in charge of arguably the most influential company in the world is Sundar Pichai, a soft-spoken engineer who grew up in Chennai, India.

Mr. Pichai was a voracious reader as a boy, and attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, then Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received advanced degrees. After stints at Applied Materials and McKinsey, he joined Google in 2004. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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