Search giant Google has an annual tradition of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin penning letter to employees on the company’s progress and priorities during the year. The custom dates back to the year 2004 when Page and Brin wrote the famous letter titled “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”
This year Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai got to write the letter. This follows the massive restructuring that Google underwent in August last year in which it separated its core internet business from its other ‘moonshot’ projects and clubbed them all under a new umbrella company called Alphabet.
The letter starts with a small introduction from Google co-founder Page, where he praises Pichai for his performance as new Google CEO. In his message, Pichai outlines six core areas of focus for Google across product lines.
(Pichai’s letter begins)
When Larry and Sergey founded Google in 1998, there were about 300 million people online. By and large, they were sitting in a chair, logging on to a desktop machine, typing searches on a big keyboard connected to a big, bulky monitor. Today, that number is around 3 billion people, many of them searching for information on tiny devices they carry with them wherever they go.
In many ways, the founding mission of Google back in ’98—”to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”—is even truer and more important to tackle today, in a world where people look to their devices to help organize their day, get them from one place to another, and keep in touch. The mobile phone really has become the remote control for our daily lives, and we’re communicating, consuming, educating, and entertaining ourselves, on our phones, in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.