Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, has proven to us all hard work is the key to success more than once. Born in Madurai, Pichai did his schooling in Chennai and studied metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur. However, while all these facts about him are common knowledge, there are quite a few things that are still a mystery to us all. Today, we are here to tell you a couple of things you probably did not know about this man.
1. A success without technology
Born into a family who worked hard to make ends meet, Pichai showed us that if you had the will, you will definitely find your way. Throughout his childhood, he didn’t have a television or computer at home. This actually pushed him to work towards a better life.
2. His Google interview on April’s Fool Day!
Pichai revealed that his Google job interview was on 1 April or April Fools’ Day. “Google had just announced Gmail and it was invite-only, and people weren’t sure if it was an April Fools’ joke. During the interview, people kept asking me what I thought of Gmail and in my first three interviews, I couldn’t answer it well. During my fourth interview, someone showed me Gmail and then I was able to tell them what I think of it.” Pichai also joked that he was selected by Google because he was one of the first not to be interviewed by Google founder, Larry Page.
3. Google or Twitter?
In 2011, Sundar Pichai had to make perhaps one of the toughest choices in his career. He was given an offer by Twitter and had to decide which offer to take. Thankfully, he made the right one and the rest, as they say, is history.
4. First Computer In IIT
Pichai was perhaps one of the few IIT entrants who got in without access to computers early on in his life. In fact, he saw his first computer only AFTER he got into college.
5. Koffee With Karan Is His Favourite
If you were worried about wasting your time watching Koffee With Karan, then worry no more. Sundar Pichai also watches it and in fact, has gone on record to say it is his favourite show!
6. Twitter was not the only company who wanted him
Apparently, Twitter wasn’t the only company who wanted Pichai. He was offered quite a high post at Microsoft and Google made him stay back by offering him shares worth $ 50 million! Quite a catch, this man!
7. The memory man
Did you know that Sundar Pichai still remembers all the numbers he used to dial from his landline phone? Imagine being able to remember those many numbers till date.
8. His idol
Pichai’s idol in his college days was none other than the great man, Narayan Murthy! We can see where he gets his dedication from.
9. Women make him weak in the knees
Deepika Padukone’s allure is not lost on even one of the most learned men of all times. Bollywood star Deepika is Pichai’s favourite actress!
10. Flight or fright?
Pichai was scared of taking a flight for the longest time. His first time on a flight was when he travelled to the United States for work. Strange, right?
Sundar Pichai taught us that hard work is the key to success. Work hard enough and no dream is distant.
Facebook Facts That’ll Flip You Out!
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook as a means of connecting people to one another via the Internet. While Facebook is perhaps one of the most pioneering sites of social media, there are a lot of hidden facts about one of the largest online platforms. Today, we bring you ten things you probably did not know about this platform!
1. No blocking.
You can block literally anyone except for the Mark Zuckerberg. Why would you want to, anyway?
2. Talk like a pirate
Have you ever wanted to talk like a Pirate but did not know how? Then worry not because Facebook gives you the option of changing your language to Pirate! A win here for sure!
3. No privacy!
Facebook has access to all your online browsing. Yes. Even after you sign out! Next time you check in somewhere, think twice. Because, Big Brother is watching!
4. The first face
Zuckerberg has a quirky side to him. How do we know? The first face of Facebook was Al Pacino! It was placed on the top left side of the screen!
5. Like the Awesome
The word “like” was thought to be subtle for Facebook and the team wanted to initially call the like button the “awesome” button. What do you prefer? To be awesome or to be liked?
6. Not just a random colour
Did you know Facebook is blue in colour because Mark Zuckerberg is primarily colour blind? He can’t see the colours red and green. The next best option? Red + Green = Blue!
7. Oh China!
China doesn’t believe in International social media. The country has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for almost a decade now. In fact, since the year 2009.
8. The mother of all divorces
According to reports, a third of all divorce filings in the year 2011 in the United States listed Facebook as a cause.
9. A slap for the internet
A blogger was so sick of Facebook, he hired a woman to slap him every time he got on Facebook. Now that is perseverance in its true form!
10. Death. Oh death.
To make things morbid, Facebook has around 30,000 million profiles of people who have passed away. Talk about morbid.
Facebook is clearly more than just being your average social media platform, with its fair share of the dark side and the good side. Let us know if you think there are other strange facts we missed here!
Life Lessons To Be Learnt From Indra Nooyi
Apart from being a wife and a mother, Indra Nooyi is first and foremost known as the CEO of one of the largest companies, PepsiCo. Here are a few great life lessons to learn from the woman who dared to dream.
1. Everyone needs a vision
When Nooyi became the CEO of Pepsi, she didn’t start off with the idea of changing the face of the company. She started off with a bigger vision for the company and then built towards achieving the goal. This is why it is important to have a vision first and then plan the process out.
2. Listen carefully
According to Indra Nooyi, listening is perhaps the most important thing. There are always people with ideas for how we can do things differently – ideas we may not want to hear. This is where listening plays a huge role in your life. The next big idea could just be the result of listening, who knows!
3. Ensure that culture isn’t affected
Where you come from is your defining factor. Even if you move from place to place, ensure your culture remains the same wherever you are.
4. Be a student for life
Keep learning all your life. The world is always evolving and there is no limit to the information you learn. Let the student in your life always be alive and your life will have new meaning.
5. People are everything
Growing up, Indra would always see people come to her mother and appreciate her for the good job she had done in raising Indra. These things always had a huge impact on her and she realised the relationships you build growing up have a strong impact in your life.
While not everything comes with just dreaming, these life lessons from Indra Nooyi really help getting things into perspective, making life a memorable experience.
The Flipkart Success Story
Flipkart is perhaps India’s largest home grown e commerce platform today and it has quite a success story to its name. Founded in the year 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, this platform was founded with a meagre Rs. 6,500 as a startup fund.
Both were Amazon techies working at creating the next big thing. Little did they know that the idea was just around the corner. Bored with their mundane jobs, Sachin and Binny wanted to create a search engine dedicated to e commerce websites. However, they soon realised that there were very few websites of this kind and this when they came up with something like Flipkart.
They left their jobs in the hopes of shaping the future of e commerce in India at a time when this field was steadily growing. Both of them loved books and founded Flipkart as a platform that catered to book lovers. Want anything, Flipkart made it available. In fact, that is what Flipkart means: Flipping things into the cart. A couple of months into the business, they realised they had a larger target audience to tap.
In the first few years of its existence, Flipkart raised funds through venture capital funding. As the company grew in stature, more funding arrived. Flipkart repaid the investors’ faith with terrific performances year after year. In the financial year 2008-09, Flipkart had made sales to the tune of Rs. 40 million. This soon increased to Rs. 200 million in the following year.
When Flipkart launched, e commerce websites faced one major problem, that of online payment gateways. Back then, not many people trusted paying on the internet. Flipkart tackled this problem by introducing cash on delivery and payment by card on delivery in addition to others. Flipkart was the first to implement the ‘Cash On Delivery’ facility, which every online shopping website in India offers as an option today.
Over the years, as faith was established in Flipkart’s business and easy delivery processes, the acquisitions became higher and the rewards became larger. With Sachin Singh as the Chairman of the company and Binny Singh as the CEO, Flipkart stands as the largest online e commerce platform in the country. Walmart is in talks to invest in this online platform and once the investment goes through, Flipkart and Amazon will stand neck to neck. What started off as only a platform for books has now become a platform for pretty much anything from technology to stationary!
Flipkart managed to open the doors to an e commerce friendly India and this was only possible because of the founders who created and not just thought. A true success story like this doesn’t come too often and when it does, it makes sense to stand up and notice.
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