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Here’s an odd comment from Google CEO Larry Page on Steve Jobs’ rage over Android.He gave an interview to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Brad Stone to commemorate his one year anniversary as CEO.
At the end, Stone asks, “According to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, when you became CEO you went to Jobs for advice. I know you had your differences at the end around Android, but what did you take from him as a mentor and a friend?”
And here’s what Page said in response:
I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn’t say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said, “Hey, you want to get together and chat?” I said, “Sure, I’ll come over.” And we had a very nice talk. We always did when we had a discussion generally. He was quite sick. I took it as an honour that he wanted to spend some time with me. I figured he wanted to spend time with his family at that point. He had a lot of interesting insights about how to run a company and that was pretty much what we discussed.
Stone interrupts and asks: Wait, the fury around Android was for show?
I think that served their interests. For a lot of companies, it’s useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it’s better to shoot higher. You don’t want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what’s possible and how to make the world better.