Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to YouTube to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley. The India-born Google CEO Pichai said, "We’re looking forward to your remarks at the SAP Centre in San Jose, and also when you come to Google". "The bond between India and the 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."
In the next few years, he continued, 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," Mr Pichai said.
Besides Pichai, PM Modi will also be meeting Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's new holding company Alphabet, there. At Googleplex, PM Modi will also witness the start of a 15-hour hackathon, with some 150 Indian programmers looking to produce software and applications relevant to India for Digital India and Skill India missions.
During his US visit, Modi is also scheduled to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and address a townhall question and answer session on September 27 at the company’s headquarters in California. He is expected to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook and electric carmaker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, among others.
Modi is addressing the India-US Startup Konnect and share his vision on ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ to be hosted by Indian IT industry body Nasscom, TiE Silicon Valley, and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India.