37-Year-Old Parag Agarwal Is New Twitter CEO

In this class: content regarding Indian CEO’s, General Business, Leadership.
Indian accent / sotaque indiano.

Vocabulary list:

  • Tech titans: Gigantes da tecnologia (no caso do vídeo, está se referindo ao grupo de CEO Indianos, liderando algumas das maiores tech companies do mundo).
  • Running: gerenciando (no sentido de "run a business" = gerir um negócio).
  • Ruling: dominando / ditando as regras.
  • When it comes to...: quando se trata de...
  • Market cap: valor de mercado.
  • Step-down: renunciar / sair do cargo.
  • In the coming years: nos próximos anos.
  • Massive: enorme.
  • Warm the hearts: aquecer os corações.
  • Parcels: pacotes / encomendas
  • Helmed: liderada / guiada ("helm" no sentido literal é o leme do navio)

Now, watch the video:

We recommend you watch the video at least twice.

In the first time, pay attention to the use of the vocabulary presented above.

Before playing it for the second time, take a look at the questions below. After watching it, try to answer them correctly. 

1. Choose the alternative that contains a company which the CEO is not an Indian profissional:
(a) Google, Adobe, Twitter
(b) IBM, Google, Twitter
(c) Microsoft, Google, Twitter
(d) Oracle, Microsoft Twitter

2. Under Satya Narcela’s leadership, Microsoft has:
(a) Become the most valuable company in the world.
(b) More than tripled its market value in 7 years.
(c) Promoted changes in company’s culture and business focus.
(d) All alternatives are correct.

3. India as a country, has an ambition to:
(a) To be a leader in technology in the coming decades and in the coming years.
(b) Train its population to dominate all CEO positions in American tech companies.
(c) Acquire all American tech companies in the coming years.
(d) Repatriate the CEO’s that are in American companies to develop new businesses in India.

Check the answers at the bottom of the page. 

Practice Your Listening Comprehension and Writing

Why do you think that there are so many Indian professionals in global CEO positions are large-sized multinational companies? 
Why it is still not happening with Brazilian professionals, for example?

10 respostas para “37-Year-Old IITian Parag Agarwal Is New Twiter CEO”

  1. Hello Ho / Augusto,

    Interesting vídeo, I didn´t know that Satya Nadella is Indian, although, his name is very similar, anyway, in my point of view, I think that we didn´t have any Brazilian Professional, especially for the lack of Business English, it is very difficult to find any professional that has a good level or that be fluent in English, another point I think that regarding the skills, we work in a multinational company the demanding is so high if we compare in Brazil because we need to handle with rules, for instance, BRGAAP, USGAAP and the other, so, it´s my book.

    Nice Thursday for us!

  2. Hi Ho and Augusto!

    Very interesting video! I didn’t know about all these brilliant minds from India in the positions of these big companies.
    The why of that I really didn’t know so I had to do a search and I found that they train their people to be managers since they born.
    The news that I found also said that the competition and the caos from India makes them adaptable problem-solvers and that they prioritize their professional life instead of personal life.

    (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-59457015)

    In Brazil, we just train to be in that kind of position if we are working in a big private company or if we apply for a specific business course. Maybe because of that we don’t a lot of professionals in global CEO positions.

    1. Excellent comment, Marina. And congratulations for bringing additional information to this topic. This is an excellent way to learn.

      You made a good point mentioning the competitiveness in India. We have to consider that they are a country with more than 1 billion inhabitants in an area that is smaller than Brazil.

      So, if you want to succeed there, you really have to go the extra mile.

  3. Hello Ho and Augusto.

    Both questions are difficult. The first, perhaps it is related with the religion and culture of Indians. Totaly dedicated to the job and no time to the personal life. If the person developed their career in the US it is possible this person absolved the culture in business.
    The second question, no idea…

    1. Hi Alexandre,

      Very good!

      Just a tiny correction:

      absorbed the business culture.

      I believe that this full time dedication that you mentioned is a really relevant factor (becoming a trade-off of how much you wish to sacrifice from your personal life to reach this kind of position).

  4. Hi Ho and Augusto!

    Very interesting video!
    I didn´t know that India has several CEOs in big companies. I think that we are all imagine American or European people in the big positions.
    In Brazil, our culture is still to value the others one and maybe we still think we are not capable.

    1. Very good comment, Adriana!

      Just some minor adjustments:

      – I think that we are all imagine American or European people in big positions.

      – In Brazil, our culture is still to value the other ones and maybe we still think we are not capable.

  5. That is interesting information about Indians Professionals. The good point about that is Indians learn English from the high school and they have more opportunities to go abroad and they can be inside a new culture and learn more quickly. Instead of Brazilians that can’t speak English very well and it is not common to study and focus only to study and career’s progress.

    1. Nice comment, Nancy.

      Please find my remarks below, in bold:

      That is interesting information about Indian professionals. The good point about that is Indians learn English from the high school and they have more opportunities to go abroad and they can be inside a new culture and learn more quickly. Different from Brazilians that can’t speak English very well and it is not common to study and focus only to study and career’s progress.

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