Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, Thomas Kurian, boss of Google Cloud, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft… Gray matter of Indian origin is exported very well to the United States. “India has some of the best engineering schools in the world, the best known being the various Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), which have sprung up in numbers in Silicon Valley since the 1960s”, recalls Vijay Govindarajan, professor at the Dartmouth College School of Management in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Over time, Indian engineers have “Sit their credibility” in the United States and “This is the reason why most of the digital giants have set up development centers in India: they can thus access the best talents at a lower cost”.
A native of Chennai (ancient Madras), Sundar Pichai often says he discovered “The potential of technology” having grown up without a television, telephone or computer. “The products developed by graduates of IITs and other institutions have helped revolutionize the world. And now, it’s India’s turn to make its digital revolution ”, he told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited Silicon Valley in 2015.
Words that would not deny other big heads of American high-tech from the subcontinent, such as CEOs Arvind Krishna (IBM), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe), Nikesh Arora (Palo Alto Networks), Sandeep Mathrani (WeWork) or Sanjay Mehrotra (Micron).
A few months ago, Vivek Wadhwa, a teacher at the engineering school at Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley, noted in the Times of India that the Indian rulers had “The sense of humility and understanding of people’s needs”. Unlike the leaders of California, “Who grew up in a bubble and often think they are gods”.
But they bring even more. “They help their companies to see the developing world as a target, believes Bhaskar Chakravorti, consultant at Tufts University in Massachusetts. India is therefore a perfect laboratory for testing business models that can be deployed in other regions of the world. “
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