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Fortune interview with Larry Page



December 12, 2012 – Comments (1)

I posted last week about an interview with Tim Cook.  As luck would have it, today I stumbled across a Fortune Magazine interview with Larry Page.  Apparently Page is press-shy and it is only the second interview he has given since taking the CEO job back from Eric Schmidt in April 2011.

You can see why.  He is not very polished - at times, including in the first paragraph of his first response, nearly incoherent.  He is clearly spouting ideas he has received from his lieutenants or mentors without understanding them fully - he goes on and on about dividing Google into 70-20-10, then flails on even a few simple questions about what that division means and where things fit.  The interview has no flow, no direction, no common themes, and when the pitch is even a little bit of a hardball he clearly has never given any thought to what the answers ought to be.  (Why is he even fielding hardballs?  He's the CEO of Google, the single biggest nexus of information control ever created - doesn't he know enough to demand approval on the questions ahead of time?)

I am sure Larry Page is a genius and, while a grad student at Stanford, definitely helped cook up the technical end of one of the great technological innovations of our time.  But leadership?  I wouldn't follow this guy to a latrine.

I know I'm going to get a lot of flak on this one.  Knock yourselves out.  Full disclosure:  No GOOG position, no plans to initiate one in the next year. 

1 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM, lemoneater (56.82) wrote:

I see what you mean! It is rather diffuse and hard to follow.

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