Google's CEO thought Gmail was an April Fool's joke

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By Rob Smith, Buzz60

Google's CEO thought Gmail was a joke!

Sundar Pichai interviewed for the job on April Fool's day more than a decade ago, right after Google introduced gmail.

He hadn't yet used it since the service was invite-only at the time, and laughed when they asked him questions about it.

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Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

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Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

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Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

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Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

Jon Rafman has spent hours searching Google street maps for accidental moments of beauty. He never includes the location of the found image but posts his finds here.

Photo Credit: Jon Rafman/Google

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According to Mashable, speaking at his alma mater in India, he said:

"I hadn't had a chance to use it. I thought it was an April fool's joke."

By interview #4, an employee showed him Gmail, proving it was no joke, and he came to interview #5 armed with ideas about how to fix it.

Pichai by the way says he was one of the few people who wasn't interviewed by Larry Page, the co-founder of Google.

Needless to say, he got the job. And Gmail.

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