Senthil is from our very own city – Coimbatore. He is currently a part of the Product Management team at Google. In this AMA session, kids can ask Senthil about his journey from being an engineering graduate from Coimbatore to a product manager at Google, his daily routine as a PM, work life at Google, book recommendations, and all things tech.

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    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      A product manager is like CEO of product. She/He is responsible for understanding the customer requirements, designing their experience and delivering it. She might use many folks in the process..but She owns entire product life cycle. Product managers are everywhere even for soaps or cars that you use.

      Day to day product managers works with engineers and designer to built better experience for user

        • Senthil Doraiswamy
          Senthil Doraiswamy

          We are behind scene player for product you see. I am part of a Google product known as Apigee . All of you user mobile apps right..all this apps talk some server using APIs. Apigee make those APIs secure, faster and easier. When you says in google maps that I want to go to “Mango education”..all the request and response goes through API and product called Apigee Endpoint.

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    Sometimes, if you search for a particular thing in google, it shows up things absolutely irrelevant and unnecessary. Is this the particular website’s fault or Google just puts together all the text and shows the most repeated text it has?

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      Google web crawlers goes read all the websites and index it. Indexing is like saying this page contains these words(how many times, what are relative words etc).

      For example..when it index “Mango education”…it is index this page consist of mango, education, robotics, astronomy, Coimbatore etc. Google also understand user means you are from Coimbatore, You generally search for education stuff etc.

      Based on keywords(mango, education, astronomy) and their complex combination…”Mango education” google ranks pages..so when you ask for “Mango education” based on your profile and location..it is return “https://themango.co/”.

      Same thing some farmer(who search for lot of fertilzer etc) search from Bangapalli in Andhra..Google will return how to grow mango πŸ™‚

      so when google returns bad results ..generally because user is searching things that is not related to them or some body has put bad keywords and promoted it (there is something called SEO).

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      When you use Google products as logged in user. Google to understand what are you seeing, how logging etc. But it is visible only to Machines. No Human inside google can ever see these details.

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    Hi Uncle,I am Shayana (age 9), wherever we go , whether Google following us or not. When we stayed in my friend home, it showed the time and address.. not only there .. all places in Maps.. then how can we do personal things, Uncle.

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      Google tracks location and other information to improve the experience. Now you can ask “Burgers near me”…imagine without location you should google “Burgers in 4th junction in DB Road RS puram coimbatore” .

      If you want you can always switch of location in your mobile and don’t give permission to Google apps to access this information.

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    So most of us know about the big parts of google, google search, google android etc., but working at google, what important things that google does do you think most people don’t know about?

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      one of the major product is Google Ads, which biggest revenue generator for google. Most of ads that you see in any web page(non google web pages /apps) comes from Google ads. Then other less know product is Google Cloud Platform, which is Computing as Service for company to built and host their apps.

      There some very interesting products google has launched recently .. Google Pay, Google Station, Google FI(world wide mobile network), Google Loom(wifi on ballons). smaller one like Grasshopper(learning Javascripts programing), Dialog Flow (helps to program Google home..you can program google home to say Thirukural every day..when you sneeze πŸ˜‰ )

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        Ah, thanks! I also did not know of some of those and am checking for them right now. I also wanted ask about your work specifically, as in, the product that you work on. I remember that you said you work on Apigee to make APIs secure, could you elaborate on what all exactly it does to achieve this goal?

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      Any thing in over dosage is very bad. It might be good idli/spirituality/education/research. It is applicable for techonology as well. Leading a balanced life is super important. Don’t forget universe has been here for close to 5 billion years…human race only there for 100 thousand years. Lead purposeful life.Use technology as tool not as life.

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    Hi Im Haritha in 7th standard which class is right time to start learning a programming language and which would you suggest we learn to start with. Our school text books doesnt have a programming language yet.

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      Try Java script. It is interesting language because it is functional/object oriented language, sync/async, banckend/frontend, compiled/interpreted language πŸ˜‰

    • Senthil Doraiswamy
      Senthil Doraiswamy

      There are two levels…it listen to everything locally…but does not send to server. But moment you say “OK Google” it sends your voice data for processing and return results.

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