One of the leading luminaries in technology is Google co-founder and CEO, Larry Page. Google has been a regular in our daily lives that Page has been a household name for some years now. According to Forbes, he’s number 13 in the Forbes 400 list, and ranked 20th among the world’s powerful and richest with a net worth of $24.9 billion.
So, what’s there to talk about when he’s always in the news?
Okay, those numbers are simply the result of being able to effectively utilize the power of technology. While there are people who create games, blogs or social sites, Page along with Sergey Brin developed a way to get pertinent information from tons of data – and thus were the beginnings of Google. An internet search engine that’s easy to use and free for all.
Subsequently, because we need information and entertainment, businesses try to link to the net and consequently, it’s where Google makes money – by providing these enterprises with an opportunity to convey their business through online advertising. Think TV, those commercials to sponsor your favorite programs.
But with the internet, imagine its reach? Global. That’s why you make tons of money. More so, since we’ve firmly moved towards mobile – that’s even more money.
Still, how valuable is Larry Page to Google? First, think about this. Putting up something like Google in the internet is basically about programming, the money-making aspect is really just incidental. This means, since Google is already “on board”, the search engine could practically survive with almost whoever they choose to lead the company. After all, the biggest contribution of Page to Google was technical as in programming it.
With that said, Yahoo! may come to mind, and you may say, “If that’s the case, how come Yahoo! is struggling?” Simple. Failures in product development and marketing strategy. If you already have the base product, all you need to do is maintain it. And look on how to improve it. Marketing would be a breeze if you have a product that actually sells itself. That’s where Google succeeded and Yahoo! failed. Engineers. Without good ones, you end up trying to acquire more outside “products” – though it’s also a strategy to eliminate competition.
Page may not be as valuable as Steve Jobs is to Apple as the former, though they have some tangible products, is categorically about “information retrieval” while the latter is more on advancing “hardware”; but, more than anything else, Page’s value to Google lies in his supposed concern for the company – since it’s really his baby. See, he even wants to excite and spend more on R&D? It’s a no-brainer. Research is key to improving your product, your service.
Now, how about the capability to spy? Well, at least in the eyes of consumers, spying is only for war. And in times of peace, the customer is king … therefore, spying doesn’t really make one great – it’s cheating.
What’s your take?