“Google made the biggest management shake-up in a decade on Thursday, handing the reins of the company to one of its co-founders in an effort to rediscover its start-up roots,” Claire Cain Miller and Miguel Helft report for The New York Times.
“As it has grown into the dominant company in Silicon Valley, Google has lost some of its entrepreneurial culture and become a slower-moving bureaucracy, analysts and insiders say,” Miller and Helft report. “To counter this, the company announced that Larry Page, its 38-year-old co-founder, would take over as chief executive from Eric E. Schmidt, a technology industry veteran who was brought in a decade ago to provide adult supervision, as Silicon Valley calls it.”
Miller and Helft report, “Mr. Schmidt, 55, will remain executive chairman of the company, which had a market value of $200 billion at the close of trading on Thursday, up from $27 billion when it went public in 2004.”
MacDailyNews Take: Executive Chairman is a euphemism for Kicked Upstairs.
Miller and Helft report, “The sudden rise of Facebook has exposed Google’s failures in areas like social networking and threatens its vast share of the online advertising market. Meanwhile, although Google has had success in new areas like mobile and display advertising, it has struggled to branch out into other businesses like television. The unspoken fear within Google is that it could become like Microsoft, a once-dominant technology company that seems past its prime.”
MacDailyNews Take: “Seems?!” Drop the P.C. crap, New York Times, and grow a pair! Or one, even. “Seems.” Give us all a break.
Miller and Helft report, “Google, which has 24,400 employees, is no longer considered by many top engineers as the most desirable place to work in the Valley; a new generation of start-ups has taken that place… Mr. Page led the company in its early days but relinquished that role in 2001, when it was still private. In tapping him to return to the post, Google becomes one of the few major companies in the Valley to be put under the control of a founder after being run for so long by a professional manager.”
MacDailyNews Take: Which mediocrity-at-best-fest is more addicted copying Apple, Microsoft or Google? It’s a contest. Gatesy will be back next.
Miller and Helft report, “On his Twitter account, Mr. Schmidt wrote: ‘Day-to-day adult supervision is no longer needed.’ Later, on a conference call with analysts after Thursday’s earnings report, he said, ‘I believe Larry is ready,’ adding, ‘It’s time for him to have a shot at running this.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Dear pompous asshole, you were fired, kicked upstairs, tucked away safely, but you’re far too egotistical to realize it which is both hilarious and sad. Stop deluding yourself. Now, hit the trade show circuit and try not to say too many stupid things. Love, Larry and Sergey.
Miller and Helft report, “Mr. Page and Mr. Schmidt said the decision was mutual. ‘I don’t think there’s another person in the universe that could have done as good a job as Eric has done in the company,’ Mr. Page said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Which is why he’s no longer CEO. Now, sit down and shut up for once.
Miller and Helft report, “Ken Auletta, the author of ‘Googled: The End of the World As We Know It,’ said in an interview that while Mr. Schmidt may simply have been ready for a change after 10 years, he may have received some encouragement to step aside. ‘I don’t think he was pushed aside, but he may have been nudged,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Gee, ya think?
Miller and Helft report, ““’Larry has wanted to be C.E.O., so that’s not a surprise,’ said a former Google sales executive who would speak only anonymously to preserve his relationship with a powerful company. ‘But the timing — I’ve talked to people at Google today and they were just flabbergasted.’ Esther Dyson, a veteran Valley investor who has long known the Google founders and Mr. Schmidt, said, ‘It is unexpected but it makes a lot of sense.” She added: “Larry and Sergey have grown up. They want to run their own company.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: How about you go back to developing your own intellectual property again, focus on the things you’re good at, and stop following Apple around like a puppy dog? We’ll never be able to respect Google way we once did, but that would be a very welcome change. The world doesn’t need another Microsoft.