Sundar Pichai First Bought his Smartphone in 2006, Now Owns 30

Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his interaction with Delhi students at the Shri Ram college of Commerce said what one would have expected that he was not the kind of IIT-scorers in India.

The man behind Google’s Android project that has powered morethan 70% of smartphones across the globe, bought his first smartphone in 2006. He says he has more than 30 smartphones now.

He also revealed that his Class 12 score would not have got him admission into SRCC in Delhi University and the key point for anybody to achieve higher goals in life is to push for the best in the middle of high competition.

The event, organised in association with CII and NSDC, cslled #AskSundar ranged several questions hitting the Google CEO in a rapidfire phase, which he replied much to the satisfaction of the students and teachers present.

About 1800 audience from 10 colleges of Delhi University were present for the event.Later, the 43-year-old CEO took some time off to play cricket at India Gate.

“Google is a really fun place to work. When you are walking in the office, you see everyone is doing something interesting. When I walked inside the Google office for the first time, I was like a kid in a candy store,” Mr. Pichai said.

His advice to Indian students was to take risks in life. About competition he faced in Google when he joined, Pichai said, "It is always good to work with people who make you feel insecure about yourself. That way, you will constantly keep pushing your limits."

He also echoed the major perception of Indian students that they are not exposed to creativity. “I think the Indian education should allow a system of creativity, project-based, experiential learning. We should teach students to take risks and not penalise them,” he said.

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