India’s tech takeover isn’t ending anytime soon and Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai agrees. Alphabet is Google’s parent company headed by India-born Sundar Pichai.
In conversation with Hindustan Times, Sundar Pichai explained how India is at the heart of product development, citing its payment service “Google Pay” which originated in India but has now become Google’s global payment application.
Startups in India
Talking about startups in India, Pichai highlighted India’s potential. “It’s heartening to see the number of start-ups proving themselves on a global stage and the unicorns that are getting created,” he told HT.
In addition, Google’s Sundar Pichai listed two ways in which Google intends to contribute to India’s tech industry. For starters, Pichai wants to fund startups that are toying with tech of the future. In addition, Sundar Pichai hopes Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities can be put in the hands of Indian creators.
Going back to Google Pay, Sundar Pichai claimed that the India-exclusive UPI payment interface helped lay the ground for Google’s work in the payment arena. Pichai said that with UPI, Google “understood India was going to be ahead of everyone else in digital payments.”
Pichai added how the foundation of UPI and Google Pay is now influencing how payments are made around the world.
India loves building stuff
Alluding to India’s love for building stuff, Pichai explained how India is “a place where we will be able to build things and take them globally.”
Speaking at the media summit, Pichai also said that Google is looking forward to “building for India first” and then using that knowledge to solve problems around the world.
Besides mastering India’s UPI interface, Google recently collaborated with Reliance Jio to create the Jio Phone with an exclusive operating system. The affordable phone could help connect new people to the internet.
Just yesterday, a UN report highlighted how 2.9 billion people, mostly in the developing world still don’t have access to the internet. It seems that Pichai’s vision for India is to bring everyone on board. We suppose only time will tell!
H.T. (2021b, December 4). Tech, services can be built in India to solve global issues: Sundar Pichai. Hindustan Times.