Alphabet employees blast policies on contractors and China at shareholder meeting – CNBCWhat happened: At an annual shareholder meeting for Google’s parent company, Alphabet, a Google employee proposed a resolution to publish an assessment of the human rights impact of Project Dragonfly, Google’s secret project to launch a censored search engine in China.Tyler Holsclaw, representing a “coalition concerned about the impact of government censorship and surveillance on human rights,” told his employers that “Google’s powerful technology could give China data that it wouldn’t otherwise get.” Alphabet rejected this proposal along with all others presented at the meeting.Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were not in attendance to hear their employees’ concerns.Why it’s important: Googlers are known for speaking up against their bosses.When Project Dragonfly was revealed by news site The Intercept, Google employees pushed the tech giant to abandon its plans.
Google faced questions about a controversial project to offer censored search in China at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.Google cofounders Larry Pageand Sergey Brin skipped the meeting for the fourth year in a row, and CEO Sundar Pichai did not answer a single question during the 30-minute Q period.The stockholder proposal to review the human rights impact of offering censored search in China was rejected on Wednesday, as were the other 13 proposals which included appointing an employee representative to the board of directors and conducting a public report on gender pay differences.Google executives faced a barrage of questions about the company's workplace policies and controversial business projects during its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, even as the company's cofounders skipped the event and Google's CEO kept mum during a sometimes testy round of questions.Several employees of Google-parent company Alphabet joined other shareholders and addressed senior management at the meeting, seeking reforms and commitments.The meeting comes after a year of criticism that has rocked big tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon and even led to calls to for the government to break up the giant corporations.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, faced an onslaught of 14 independent shareholder proposals during its annual meeting on Wednesday, most criticizing the concentration of power in the hands of a few executives and all demanding some kind of structural change to make the company more accountable—to workers, shareholders, Chinese dissidents, or prospective neighbors of Google’s planned campus in San Jose.The accountability theme was striking, across issues ranging from seeking a human rights assessment of Google’s work in China to clawing back compensation from executives who have sexually harassed employees.Underscoring shareholders’ concerns, the company’s cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were both no-shows and Google CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t answer any questions.All the proposals failed after a few minutes of ceremonial voting, an expected outcome given that Alphabet’s board recommended votes against each and that Page and Brin control 51 percent of the company’s voting power, despite owning 13 percent of its stock.Alphabet operates “essentially as a dictatorship,” said a shareholder representative criticizing the extra voting power of shares held by Page and Brin.This year’s meeting reflected an appreciable escalation in employee activism from 2018.
Recent reporting from Business Insider's Andy Kiersz shows that Tesla CEO Elon Musk earned $0 through CEO compensation last year, but still got 'paid' over $2.3 billion.Of course, this isn't to say these executives are living off the dollar menu.The CEOs on this list are still worth millions, if not billions — but while some merely pay lip service to the $1 salary club by taking home hefty compensation in the form of company stock awards and bonuses, others forgo adding to their wealth in this way entirely.In a Q on Facebook in 2015, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "I've made enough money.Zuckerberg chooses to take home a $1 salary and declines stock awards and bonuses; Fellow social media giant Jack Dorsey follows a similar rule.Larry Page and Sergey Brin
the reason is that the company is facing a potential konkurrensrestriktioner in Europe and the united states, which could force the company to tillgångsförsäljningar.According to Sumofus is a voluntary separation of more värdebringande of the shareholders, other than in a forced asset sale.the News agency points out, however, that the proposal will have little chance to be successful.This is because the Alphabets of two top executives, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, control 51.3 percent of the vote.the Proposal may, however, be seen against the backdrop of what is increasingly the voices of teknikjättarnas of market dominance should be constrained.Reuters reported earlier this month that u.s. regulators are preparing an investigation of Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook to the market abuse directive.
In 1979, when I was just two years old, revolution upended Iran and permanently altered the country’s foundation.That was exactly 40 years ago.Today, I am a father, a husband and an entrepreneur with a deep love of America, but I think often of the country to which I have still been unable to return.I see that most clearly in its emergent generation of entrepreneurs, birthed from the country’s 30+% unemployment rates.If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that Iran’s entrepreneurship sector is skyrocketing; in 2018 alone, the country moved up 13 spots on the Global Entrepreneurship Index.And the goals driving these new businesses are equally as impressive — things like improving women’s education, sustainability, urban waste management, advocacy of the arts.
He urged graduates to learn from the mistakes made by these companies.Cook pushed for such responsibility while giving the 2019 commencement speech at Stanford University on Sunday, a highly-regarded university within the tech world that has a reputation for jump-starting the careers of high-profile Silicon Valley executives.It counts Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings among its attendees."Lately, it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation: the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility," Cook said in reference to the tech sector."With every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning our national conversation.The false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood."
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently ended their 6-month, internal quiet period, according to a CNET report on Monday.Page and Brin attended the company's town hall meeting (known as "TGIF") on May 30th and spoke about the company's cloud strategy, according to sources who spoke to CNET.The duo — who regularly attended in the past and often answered questions during these meetings — had reportedly not shown up to a TGIF in 2019, their longest absence in company history.Their "MIA" status came at a time when the company faced an onslaught of internal pressures from employee organizers over its business decisions and practices.Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently ended their 6-month, self-imposed quiet period within the company, according to a CNET report on Monday.Page and Brin attended the company's weekly all-hands meeting (known as "TGIF") on May 30th and spoke about the company's cloud strategy, according to sources who spoke to CNET.
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have long been the stars of the search giant's weekly "TGIF" town hall meetings.But for the past six months, the pair had been no-shows, an absence that coincided with Google controversies over antitrust concerns, work in China and military contracts.Google didn't hold a TGIF, an abbreviation of "Thank God It's Friday," meeting last week.The gatherings are held on Thursday in the US so that employees in Google offices around the world can participate.Page and Brin talked about the company's cloud strategy, according to the people, who asked not to be named.After years of Page and Brin being core to TGIF, it's been "jarring" to have them missing for so long, one of the people said.
In 2015, Google's corporate structure was completely reimagined, as the search giant moved under the new parent company of Alphabet.Because the top executives of these companies are not named Larry or Sergey or Sundar, they often fly under the radar — but don't overlook these leaders.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.All would fall under the auspices of the new Alphabet construct, led by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.But that doesn't mean their backgrounds aren't worth considering.He became the third chief exec at the company in just over one year and tasked with defining the focus for a company that laid off hundreds of employees in 2016 and announced that it was halting plans to expand its fiber business.
For years, the tech giant has been dogged by its relationship with the world's biggest country.In 2010, Google pulled out of the search market in China after co-founder Sergey Brin cited the government's "totalitarian" policies, including censorship of the web.Dragonfly, a censored search product for China, and an AI lab in Beijing have been particularly controversial.Microsoft removed Huawei's MateBook X Pro laptop from its online store, an apparent reaction to the ban.Google, too, reacted swiftly, saying that it would stop providing Huawei with customer support and that upcoming versions of Huawei's phones outside China would no longer get access to Google's Play Store app marketplace and its marquee slate of services, including YouTube and Gmail."They are walking more of a political tightrope than the other players are," said Bob O'Donnell, president of Technalysis Research.
Udacity seemed to stumble last month when it restructured and laid off about 20% of its workforce.But founder, executive chairman and interim CEO Sebastian Thrun tells Business Insider that the business is on track to do $100 million in revenue this year, up from $88 million in 2018.He says the layoffs were not from financial struggle, but rather from a strategic change that made a good chunk of the full-time staff unnecessary.Sebastian Thrun is a legend in Silicon Valley — but deep down, he still mostly thinks of himself as a teacher and professor, he told Business Insider.Thrun is the godfather of the self-driving car industry, who founded Google X and Waymo with Larry Page and Sergey Brin.He founded Udacity, a for-profit MOOC, in 2011, where he serves as executive chairman and interim CEO.
At a time when consumer concerns over privacy are seemingly at an all-time high, Google's money-minting ads business is showing signs of sluggishness.This week at Google Marketing Live — the company's annual event for advertising partners — Raghavan and his team unveiled several new ad and commerce products that try to strike a balance between being useful to advertisers while also being respectful of consumer privacy."I don't think any of my colleagues, or Sundar [Pichai], or I think of how much revenue will that deduct," Raghavan said of his team's re-tooling around privacy-focused products.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When Prabhakar Raghavan was teaching at Stanford University some 20 years ago, he was recruited by two grad students — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — to help run their search engine startup company.Raghavan's response to the young founders: "You'll never make any money."
From Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Page and Sergey Brin - some of the world’s most powerful CEOs have cut their teeth as computer developers and coders.However, despite these high-profile examples, developers have often been criticised for not having much talent for, or even interest, in the business side of things.But as the world becomes increasingly led by technology, what was a rare sight at the beginning of the noughties - companies led by developers schooled within computer or design studies - is now becoming more common.Tech's ultimate success: software developers are now more valuable to companies than moneyAnd even if a CEO has no background in development, you can hedge your bets that they’re doing their utmost to harness and grow the talent and capabilities of developers within their organisation.Developers now run this world
After 18 years of service to both Google and then Alphabet, Eric Schmidt is to step down from the board of directors at Alphabet.Schmidt and Diane Greene will both departure from the firm after they step down from the board in June this year.Schmidt was hugely instrumental in guiding Google from a tiny startup in California, into the global business it is today.Schmidt had previously worked at Bell Labs and Xerox, and then at Sun Microsystems for more than a decade.However he had a much less successful stint in charge of networking giant Novell from 1997 to 2001.Despite that, Schmidt was hired by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 2001 to run a startup called Google as its chief executive.
Eric Schmidt will depart Alphabet’s board this June, after holding a seat for 18 years.His departure comes just over a year after Schmidt stepped down from his role as Alphabet’s executive chairman — it also comes as Google struggles with internal turmoil over its involvement with US military contracts, potential business in China, and reported cover-ups of sexual misconduct.Schmidt has been a key presence at Google during his time with the company.He initially took a board seat in 2001, when he was made CEO of Google — a role he was given essentially to lend business expertise to what company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had been building.In 2011, he left the CEO position and become Google’s executive chairman.At the beginning of 2018, he stepped down from that role and became a regular board member.
Six current and former University of Houston students have earned highly coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships.The fellowships recognize outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees."Winning the most competitive graduate fellowship competition in the USA is a testament to the innovative thinking of our graduate students and the depth and breadth of their educational experience at UH," said Amr Elnashai, vice president for Research and Technology Transfer."NSF graduate fellows contribute to shaping the new innovation ecosystem, and UH students will no doubt make their mark on their respective fields."The NSF fellowship has been credited with inspiring recipients to become life-long influencers who contribute meaningfully to both scientific innovation and teaching.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Artist Sebastian Errazuriz originally presented the sculptures as digital creations, which could only be viewed in augmented reality.His horse appears to be trampling on yet more packages, in a reminder that Bezos' empire is built on commerce.He may be an allegorical representation of an Amazon worker, as Bezos has repeatedly come under fire for making his fortune off their low-paid labour and poor working conditions, most notably from presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.Getty/Michael Kovac/Sebastian Errazuriz Studio/Business Insider compositeBezos has a liking for horses in real life.
If you’re a foodie with their ear to the ground, you’ve almost certainly heard of the “farm to fork” movement, designed to promote the serving of fresh, locally sourced produce.Lab-grown meat could, its proponents suggest, help the environment, while also producing significantly less food waste in the process.Back in 1931, before he was British Prime Minister, the famous wartime leader took a turn at culinary prognostication.A little over a decade ago, in 2008, PETA offered a $1 million prize to the first company that could bring lab-grown chicken meat to market.“When I presented the first cultured hamburger, I wasn’t aware of anyone working on cultured meat”A few years later, in 2013, a Dutch pharmacologist and Professor of Vascular Physiology at the Netherlands’ Maastricht University, unveiled the world’s first lab-grown burger.
Aparna Sinha is group product manager of Kubernetes and Cloud Services Platform at Google— and one of Business Insider's 100 people transforming business.Kubernetes, originally created by Google engineers based on an internal project, has exploded in popularity and become one of the most widely-used cloud software projects today.Aparna Sinha attended Stanford at the same time as Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.Now, Sinha works as the group product manager of Kubernetes and Cloud Services Platform (CSP) at Google, where she leads the team running Google Cloud's services for Kubernetes — arguably the most popular open source cloud software in the world.At the time, while she was attending Stanford for undergrad and her PhD, she didn't personally know Google's founders, who dropped out of their PhD program to start the company.But at the time, Google was a consumer company, and her interest was limited.