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Sundar Pichai Conversation with John Battelle

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Computing is going through one of the most exciting moments in its history: people are increasingly adopting phones, tablets and newer type of devices. And this spread of technology has the potential to make a positive impact in the lives of people around the world.

Android and Chrome are two fast growing, open platforms that enable developers to innovate and reach as many people as possible with their apps and services across multiple devices. While phones and tablets may be well established in many parts of the world, it’s still very early days for the next wave of new form factors hitting the market.

Please join us for a conversation with Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google, and John Battelle, Executive Chairman of sovrn Holdings, Inc., to discuss what’s next and how mobile platforms can remain fast and flexible enough to inspire and drive ecosystem innovation beyond laptops, phones and tablets into new territory such as wearables, home computing and cars.



John Battelle

Exec Chairman


John Battelle serves as Executive Chairman of sovrn Holdings, Inc. Prior, he was Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Federated Media Publishing. John was also the co-founder, Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit. Johnmaintains Searchblog, an ongoing daily site, which covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at www.battellemedia.com.

John is also an entrepreneur, author and journalist. Best known for his work creating media properties, he was Chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.

Previously, John occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on national and international news channels including CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery, and CNBC. John was a founding Board member of the Online Publishers Association and currently sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and was for nine years active on the Board of his children’s school.

John’s honors and awards include: “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; finalist rank in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition by Ernst & Young; “Innovator – One of Ten Best Marketers in the Business” by Advertising Age; and one of the “Most Important People on The Web” by PC World. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2005 John authored 'The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture' (Penguin/Portfolio), an international bestseller published in more than 25 languages. His new book entitled ‘What We Hath Wrought’ is due out in 2014.


Sundar Pichai

SVP Android Chrome & Apps


Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps

Sundar oversees product management, engineering and innovation efforts for two of the most important platforms in computing today—Android and Chrome. He’s also responsible for a range of Google’s popular products including Gmail and Google Drive, as well as the suite of cloud-based productivity applications for business, education and government known as Google Apps.
Sundar joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of Google Toolbar and Google Chrome, key consumer products which are now used by hundreds of millions of people.

Before joining Google, Sundar held positions at Applied Materials and McKinsey & Company. Sundar received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology and was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

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