Larry Page talked to Bloomberg BusinessWeek on his one-year anniversary of taking over Google’s CEO, and darned if we don’t like the guy a lot better after reading it.He comes across as a likable nerd who is truly psyched about technology and changing the world.
Look at what he said about Motorola:
…We’re really excited for the opportunity to arrive. What we see, having these amazing devices in your pocket. Every time I get a new one, it’s like a kid on Christmas. I mean, it’s just totally—my life has changed. It’s kind of like the experience of first using the Internet or using a computer as you get these new phones.
One of the things I’m just really excited that we launched is: For the first time you can actually search for a person. You never were able to do that.
About Google losing its edge:
No. No. I don’t worry about that at all. And you know, we’re a much bigger company than we were 10 years ago, so we have more resources to do things. Pretty much everything we’ve done that’s been successful has been sort of a many, many year kind of effort …. These things don’t just kind of snap into being, as much as I would like them to. It takes time.
About Google losing its soul:
Producing the best thing we possibly can for users is our paramount thing. I think we have demonstrated that over a very long period of time with a whole variety of different issues we’ve faced around the world.
Not that he’s a softball. He also takes shots at Facebook, calling their data export policy “completely unreasonable,” and patent litigation: “companies usually get into that when they’re toward the end of their life cycle or they don’t have confidence in their abilities to compete naturally.”
But still. When you’re done reading, you almost forget that a number of people have recently accused Google of ruining their businesses, using search to compete unfairly in other areas, and just generally being evil.
To be clear: we don’t think Page is faking it. Not at all. A lot of early Googlers say he really is like this — in love with technology and totally driven to change the world.
Page seldom talks to the press or makes public appearances. On earnings calls, he seldom unwinds from what seem to be carefully prepared remarks. (Like most execs do on earnings calls.)
He should really do this more often.