Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the billionaires who once founded Google, sitting in a Silicon Valley garage, have stepped down from Alphabet (Google’s parent company).
Sundar Pichai, will take on the role of CEO of Alphabet, and also keep his position as Google’s CEO.
Everyone pretty much knew this was coming. Back in 2015, Page and Brin brought Google under the Alphabet umbrella and left the Google CEO position for Pichai. Since then, both have barely shown interest in how Google is ‘revolutionising the world.’
In fact, Alphabet’s other projects such as self-driving car company Waymo, are often overlooked by Google’s current CEO. We have rarely seen Sundar Pichai mentioning Waymo or other projects of Alphabet. Therefore, Page and Brin stepping down and joining the board was inevitable.
The current power transition poses a lot of questions, but the biggest one is what’s the future of Alphabet and Google, now that Pichai is running the show.
Well, apparently nothing! In the founder’s blog post, Pichai clearly mentions that “this transition won’t affect the Alphabet structure and the work we do day-to-day.”
It changes nothing
We concur that the mere change in management will change nothing. Currently, Google is facing cultural problems such as lack of diversity, misconduct against employees, and more. The change in management is less likely to bring any solution to these issues.
Not long ago, Google employees staged protests to condemn the tech giant’s inactivity in Android creator Andy Rubin’s sexual harassment case.
Last year, Google received multiple lawsuits claiming the company discriminates against white males. Not to mention the hiring of black, Latinx, and female employees is still a big issue in the company. But the silver lining is that privacy lawsuits and anti-trust probes will also continue to keep Google in check.
Sundar Pichai has actively denied nearly all claims against Google on privacy issues, politics, lack of diversity and a lot more. Will Alphabet witness the same fate when its other projects start running into problems? This is something we will know in time.
For now, Pichai has to go back to handling Google’s cultural problems. Recently, four former employees decided to file charges for Google “engaging in protected labor organizing”
“I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone.” Sundar wrote in the mail sent to Google employees after taking over the position of Alphabet’s CEO.