Sundar Pichai, a Chennai native who went to IIT Kharagpur and later to Stanford and Wharton, will take charge of a slimmed down Google that Larry Page said will be stripped of companies “that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products,” which will all go into Alphabet. Page will be CEO of Alphabet.
Pichai started at Google in 2004 working on the search toolbar that the company puts in Internet browsers. He thought that Google should have its own browser (Chrome), even though the company was still mainly known for its search engine.
“The thing that attracted me to Google and to the internet in general is that it’s a great equaliser,” Pichai told The Verge in an interview in May. “I’ve always been struck by the fact that Google search worked the same as long as you had access to a computer with connectivity, (whether) you were a rural kid anywhere or a professor at Stanford or Harvard.”
Alphabet is the new Google.
While products such as YouTube and its advertising business are still part of Google, there is now a clear separation between it and more experimental businesses such as Google X, Google Fiber and Calico, a research company focused on the science behind human aging.
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