Mario Queiroz

VP of product management, Google

Mario Queiroz
[Image courtesy of Google]

Mario Queiroz

For rattling the $200 billion smart-TV industry with a $35 solution.

Cord cutting has sparked a revolution in the living room, and Mario Queiroz is Google’s conquering hero. It took merely 18 months for him and his team to bring Chromecast from idea to market. At $35, it’s a cheap streaming player that ­forgoes the set-top box in favor of a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port. The elegant workaround has sold millions, even though many consumers are waiting for Apple or someone else to build the next-wave TV set we all want. In the meantime, Chromecast delivers ­Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go–and lets users “cast” web content, such as ­YouTube videos, to their own big screen.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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