#larry page

Since I couldn’t link to it from the previous “chat” post, I wanted to link to Steven Levy’s interview of Larry Page for Wired. “Moon shots”, Google as a million-person company — it’s fascinating stuff that’s well worth a read.

One thing that sticks out: Page starts out by saying over and over again that it’s important not to focus on competition. But then he says the following when asked about Google+:

> I’m very happy with how it has gone. We’re working on a lot of really cool stuff. A lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job.

That, to me, says a lot right there.

Say what you will about their recent maneuvers, but it’s pretty clear that Page is trying his damnedest to make sure Google doesn’t atrophy like Microsoft did. 

Claire Cain Miller reporting:

“There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions,” Mr. Page said in a rare public appearance at Google’s Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “There are only companies that have good fast decisions. As companies get bigger, they slow down decision making, and that’s a big problem.”

That’s a great point — but there’s key flipside here that Page leaves out: companies that make bad fast decisions. 

Motorola was a fast decision. Time will determine if it was a good one or a bad one. 

It’s interesting that Google CEO Larry Page implies that it was the media that played up the self-driving car thing, when it was actually Google that carefully controlled that story. 

He made the case to investors that they’re not focusing on things like that, and are instead mainly focused on the ways they make money: search & advertising.

Obviously, that’s what he had to say to investors. I just hope he’s overplaying it. If that’s what Google solely focuses on, they’re going to become Microsoft.

They should be pouring resources into the crazy-sounding stuff. That’s what has made Google, Google.