The world is changing faster than ever before, and with it comes a need for information.
But how do you navigate the labyrinthine maze of the online world, learn new things, and make a living in it?
To find out, Recode spoke with Google’s VP of business innovation, David Broussard, and Udemy’s co-founder, Eric Baur, about how they think they might make that happen.
Recode: What are your thoughts on the rise of the internet of things, the Internet of Things?
Broussardson: I think that’s really going to change how we get from point A to point B in the coming years.
It’s really an interesting problem, to say the least.
The question is, how do we make that process more efficient?
That’s where the power of Google comes in.
I think there’s a real opportunity there for all of us.
Udemy is a great place for people to learn how to make their business easier.
Udacity has a huge library of courses.
I don’t think they’ve got anything that’s more relevant to a tech industry than this.
But the question is how do they make the process more sustainable?
Udemy and Google have a lot of ideas, but we’ve got to see what they bring to the table.
Baur: You could say that the most important change in the last 20 years has been the internet.
The internet has changed everything.
Google has been really helpful in that respect.
Google now has a lot more power to do things.
We have to be able to use Google to make sure that our content is available to the best possible people.
Google is a good example of that.
Udience and Google are both doing amazing work on content discovery.
Udinemas library of course has a massive collection of courses, and you can find it at Udemy.
I would say that’s a good model for the future.
Recode: Are you a big fan of Google Glass?
Baur (in Mandarin): I am.
I have it on all the time.
Google Glass is a really exciting platform for people who want to make a difference.
It opens up so many different avenues of engagement.
There’s a lot that Google can do to make the world a better place.
Recoding: You’ve said that Google’s goal is to “go big.”
What is your biggest ambition?
Bursonsons: I’d like to be at the center of something bigger.
I want to be the head of Google, or the head for the world, or whatever the CEO wants to be.
I’ve always been a fan of big things.
I always wanted to go to the Olympics.
I never had the chance.
I went to the World Cup in my hometown, but it wasn’t my dream.
So I got a chance to do something I wanted to do and to work for Google.
The Olympics really changed my life.
I’d been wanting to do that for a while.
It was such an incredible experience.
Recodes: Why do you think Google is going after big things?
Buronsons (in Chinese): Google wants to make things that other people want to use.
And that is the key.
Google wants people to use what they want.
Recoded: What do you love about being at Google?
Buchons: Being at Google is amazing.
The whole world knows how great I am as a speaker, but I’m just as passionate about how we make the internet work and how to connect people.
Recapping the day I got my first job, I was working in the kitchen of Google’s offices, and I was given a lot to do.
I started with a couple of really small things.
The first was to create a list of all the Google products.
The list was very specific to the Gmail and Google Apps products.
I didn’t have a Gmail account at the time, but after a few days, I realized I didn’ want one.
Recod: That was a big challenge.
How did you overcome that?
Buzons: It was a really fun challenge.
I worked with Google on the Gmail app, and they said, “You should be able just create a Gmail app.”
That was the most exciting thing to me, that they said that.
It sounded really great, so I went ahead and did that.
I was really excited about it.
Recoing: Do you think this could be a real-world application?
Recoder: And what do you do with that data?
Budsches: I’m a big believer in the power that people have when they interact with the internet, but they have to have a way to process it.
I believe that the way we do that in the world right now is through our phones.
Google’s mobile app is the most popular one.
People are actually talking about it on their phones.