Sundar Pichai sur le défi d'innover dans une grande entreprise et ce qui le passionne cette année

Sundar Pichai addresses the challenge of innovation within a large company and talks about what fascinates him this year.

Sundar Pichai, who heads technology company Alphabet, recently spoke about how he plans to lead one of the most important companies on the planet. He did so at a conference hosted by Stanford University’s business school.

For some time now, Google – of which Alphabet is the parent company – has been facing certain challenges. The giant is particularly criticized for its apparent delay in terms of generative artificial intelligence, falling behind other major independent firms such as OpenAI, supported by Microsoft. For example, Alphabet’s Gemini programming model language has come under fire for generating strangely inaccurate images of historical situations.

The role of questioner was assumed by Jonathan Levin, director of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Not considered a hostile interlocutor, Levin managed to obtain certain key elements from the Pichai in terms of strategic thinking.

One of the central topics was the challenge of maintaining innovation within a company with nearly 200,000 employees, and facing multiple startups seeking to disrupt its activities. In this regard, Pichai stressed the importance of fostering a culture of risk-taking.

“One of the core features of technology is that you can constantly have an external team developing something remarkable.. I always thought anyone in a garage could come up with a brighter idea. So how can a business continue to grow rapidly? How can we promote a culture that does not hesitate to take risks? These are things you have to work very hard at,” he said.

Pichai discussed the issue of reward management within a technology company. He discussed appropriate ways to stimulate effort, risk-taking and successful completion of a project, instead of focusing only on results.

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Another subject discussed, Google’s experimental history with Google Glass connected glasses, which did not have the expected success. It was, however, an important step in the world of augmented reality. Pichai also mentioned the Google Labs program as an attempt to return to the company’s roots, making it easier for employees to test and release internal prototypes without focusing on the weight of the Google brand.

Finally, Pichai said he was extremely excited about the latest advances in Google’s Gemini model. This technology, capable of simultaneously managing different types of data, offers significant development prospects for the company. Furthermore, he underlined the interest in linking different responses to offer more efficient information flows, making it possible, for example, to simplify the management of invoices in establishments such as Stanford Hospital.