Here's a look at why Pichai, 43, might have been chosen.
1. He knows products. Pichai started at Google in 2004, working on the Google Toolbar add-on for Internet browsers. Now he oversees Android, Chrome, Gmail and other apps, the search engine and advertising technology.
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2. He knows how to make money from products. He told Yahoo Finance in May that it’s important to be flexible with business models to “give users what they want in the context [of] how they are willing to consume it.” Many people put a premium on cheap and easy, one reason why advertising still works, he said.
3. He navigated corporate politics well. As the story goes, Pichai at one point in his career would wait outside of the office of his boss,
"Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I've been tremendously enjoying our work together," Page wrote in a blog post Monday.
4. His family went all out on education. Pichai's dad worked as an electrical engineer for a company in India, which helped spur his interest in technology. Though flying to the U.S. for graduate study reportedly cost his family more than his dad's annual salary, his parents raided their savings account to make it happen, according to Businessweek. Pichai was a top student at among his region's best high schools and universities.
5. He’s got a vision. Pichai wants powerful computing technology affordable to as many people as possible, he said to the the Verge earlier this year. Calling Google “a great equalizer” that works just well at Harvard as it does in rural-anywhere, Pichai noted, “For me, it matters that we drive technology as an equalizing force, as an enabler for everyone around the world.”
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