California : While citizens received Prime Minister Narendra Modi US Visit version 2.0 with warmth and exuberance, Google went one step ahead and did a welcome in its signature style – by putting up a welcome AV on YouTube. And by none other than the top guy himself, Sundar Pichai.
Pichai spoke about the bond between India and the Silicon Valley and shared the excitement of Googlers awaiting Modi’s visit to US. ‘We’re looking forward to your remarks at the SAP Centre in San Jose, and also when you come to Google,’ said Pichai, adding, ‘the bond between India and Silicon Valley is strong. India has long been an exporter of talent to tech companies. The products built by Indian graduates from IIT and other institutions have helped revolutionise the world. But it is India that’s now undergoing its own revolution.’
Pichai said — many people would come online for the first time, especially those in rural areas and Indic language speakers. It will also help girls learn new skills and have successful careers, power education of the next generation and help businesses of all sizes to find new customers. In the next few years, about 50 million women and 20 million small businesses are expected to get online for the first time. Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India vision is central to this revolution. It focuses on connecting the 1.2 billion people in India. It has received tremendous support in India and in Silicon Valley
During his visit to Silicon Valley, the first by any Indian prime minister, Modi is scheduled to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and electric carmaker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, among others. He will address the India-US Startup Konnect and share his vision on ‘Start up India, Stand up India’.