Ascend Guest Lecture Series | Suresh Vedula, Head of Hardware Partnerships | Google India

 

IIFT was honoured to host Mr. Suresh Vedula, Head of Hardware Partnerships at Google India. He was joined by Mr. Rahul Doomra, Senior Campaign Manager at Google and IIFT alumnus from the batch of 2014-16 for a fireside chat here on campus. The topics covered were “The Journey Post MBA” and “Strides Google is making in Hardware Industry in India.”

The session started with warm felicitations from Mr. Vedula followed by advice on navigating through life at a business school. He also stressed on the importance of soft skills in the corporate world. Drawing from his past experiences, he emphasized the need for behavioural psychology and cautioned us against media manipulation and comparison bias. Mr. Vedula also spoke of the importance of life skills such as decision making, empathy, handling rejection and integrity.

During the interactive session, which followed the highly entertaining rapid-fire round, Mr. Vedula elaborated on the innovative ways in which Google is customizing its products to suit the needs of Indian consumers. An example being Google’s recent collaboration with Jio phones to bring Google Assistant to rural India. Speaking specifically about hardware, Mr. Vedula spoke of the evolution of phones and how the pinnacle is in sight for smartphone design. The session ended with the speakers’ pointers on how to stay creative and be more innovative, in line with Google’s culture. We thank Mr. Vedula and Mr. Doomra for their invaluable insights and time.

“Learning never stops and need not be confined to a classroom. Learn from peers and juniors who have different experiences. Do anything but always keep learning.”

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