SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM of the IT World
Indians in some way or the other are connected to the Indian mythology and this has been proven once again when now the IT domain of the world has the presence of Satyam (Truth), Shivam (Divine) and now Sundaram (Beauty). While Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Shiv Nadar of HCL have been in the top positions of their respective companies, the spot for Sundaram was completed by Sundar Pichai who on Monday was announced to be the CEO of Google. We bring to you interesting facts about these top shots from India
- Quietly Done
Satyanarayana Nadella has never been in the limelight till of course this year. He is a passed out student of Manipal Institute of Technology from 1988 batch. His professors do not seem to recall him, but his records show that he was a first-class student achieving distinction. He seems to be silent while his work makes the noise.
- Cricket inspires Nadella
Nadella used to play cricket for Hyderabad Public School and believes that that has taught him a lot. An incident during the match left a major impact on Nadella. He was bowling ordinary deliveries when his captain took the next over, got the wicket that the team needed, and returned the ball to Nadella to bowl the remaining. This has influenced his approach to leadership.
- Poetry is his ‘Coding’
Nadella has compared his passion for poetry to coding. He had once remarked “You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression. The best code is poetry”.
- Loves to be educated
His love for learning had never stopped. After getting his degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, Nadella continued his education with a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He had the offer from University of Chicago for MBA when he received the job offer from Microsoft in 1992. Instead of choosing either of the two, Nadella decided to work at Microsoft and fly to Chicago Friday nights to attend classes. He received his MBA in two and a half years despite the hectic schedule.
- Nadella’s Sweetheart
His love for Microsoft was later. His first love was Anupama whom he had met in high school when he was in Hyderabad Public School in the 80s and the love continued in Manipal University. They are now married for more than 22 years and have three kids.
Shiv Nadar – The dissatisfied visionary
- Starting small
It all started in 1976 when Shiv Nadar and his 5 friends during lunch were discussing work woes at Delhi Cloth Mills’ (DCM) calculator division. Dissatisfied with DCM, they decided to quit jobs and start something of their own. But like all start-ups, funds was the issue. Nadar would first have to gather cash to give flight to his idea of manufacturing computers. He floated a company called Microcomp Limited to sell teledigital calculators by the name of Televista. This allowed Nadar to gather enough cash to give shape to the dream of manufacturing computers in India.
- Luck favored Nadar
The year after HCL was started, Indian government reined the ambitions of MNCs thereby pronouncing death knell for companies such as IBM, Coco-Cola and this was the time when the India-based company like HCL started prospering. Nadar sensed the gap that was created by the exit of IBM and thus started making computers in his garage.
- Climbing the ladder in a brisk
In just 3 years, HCL was a 3 Crore company and was on its way to set up its first venture in Singapore in 1979. The company started basking in the glory of success from the first year itself and managed to get the sales of INR 10 lakh.
- Commitment to education
While, in India, Nadar had sensed in 1981, the need for imparting computer education to the people of India and thus he tapped this unexplored territory and set up NIIT. In 1996, he then founded SSN College of Engineering in Chennai. His commitment towards education is seen from the fact that he gifted Rs 1 Million worth of shares to the college. He is also known to generously donate computers and equipment to schools.
Sundar Pichai – Google’s Go To Man
- Early Life
Cricket seems to be a part of the success story of Sundar Pichai too. Born in Chennai, Sundar and his family of four lived in a two-room apartment. His passion for cricket saw Sundar as the school cricket team captain under whose leadership the team won several competitions. Pichai was introduced to technology at a very early age by his father who was an electrical engineer and would come and discuss stories and challenges with the kids. Wonders of technology fascinated Pichai when the family purchased their first telephone. He could remember every number he dialed.
- Decisions taken against the odds
After finishing metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Sundar got a scholarship to study at Stanford. His father applied for the loan to pay for his air tickets and other expenses. But when the same didn’t get through, the amount was withdrawn from family’s savings. Pichai, however, surprised his parents by dropping out from Stanford to work as an engineer and product manager at Applied Materials. He finally did his MBA from Wharton in 2002.
- Innovative ideas right from the start
He joined Google in 2004, the exact same day when Gmail was launched and was responsible for the search bar in the upper right corner of web browsers. Soon he proposed that Google should create its own browser. While he got the support from the co-founders, CEO Eric Schmidt objected to this idea. Today, Google Chrome holds 32 per cent of the browser market on phones and computers.
- CEO in making from early on
When Samsung introduced its own software for tablets by the name of Magazine UX, authorities at Google had started sweating over this announcement. Pichai was given the responsibility to talk the South Korean giant down and Pichai did exactly that. He set up series of meetings with J K Shin, CEO, Samsung Mobile Communications and had frank conversations about the fate of their respective companies. Soon the middle ground was achieved and Samsung agreed to scale back Magazine UX, signaling a new era of cooperation between the two giants.
- Many had eyes on Pichai
It is rumored that many companies had lured Pichai to join them. So much so that Google had to pay $50 million in stocks to retain him and not letting him go to Microsoft. A wise decision made? That time will tell as Sunday will oversee the core businesses of Google – Ads, search, YouTube, Android and Chrome. But for the time being, he has been instrumental for Google.