Monday, 21 March 2011

Adult Supervision: Not Required Anymore

I came across a fascinating story in Wired magazine today about Google's decision to let co-founder, Larry Page take over as CEO of Google.

Good luck Larry, hope you keep Google stuck to
it's core values.
What really struck a chord for me in the story was that this eccentric nature to do what you like when you like is something the author managed to pin down to the education system that Larry Page and Sergey Brin had, which followed a Monetessori curriculum.   This meant, at school, they were encouraged to do what they wanted, when they wanted and this is something that's been put into the DNA of Google today.

All the stories about Google being one of the best places to work and the fact that their offices resemble an amusement park more than an office is testament to this.

The other thing that stood out was the obsession with speed that Page has.  Everything has to be quick and functional, which is evident in the way their browser or Android OS works.  However, this also translates down into how decision happens at Google or how Page is constantly fighting bureaucracy.  How he manages to do in this battle within the organization is something I'd like to see but good luck to Larry when he takes over the reins from Eric Schmidt as CEO.

To read the story in Wired, click here.