Google's Eric Schmidt predicts the future of computing - and he plans to be involved. Everything You Need To Know About Larry Page, Google's New CEO. In a surprise move, Google announced today that Larry Page, one of its founders, will replace Eric Schmidt in April as the company's CEO.
So who's Larry Page? Page was Google's founding CEO, leading the company from two employees (himself and Sergey Brin) to more than 200, according to his official Google bio. He has been a nerd his whole life. Specifically, his "love of computers began at age six," according to his bio. During his undergrad years at the University of Michigan, he built an inkjet printer out of Legos. He's the reason Google's search algorithm was called "PageRank. " Page is "aggressively disdainful of marketing and public relations," according to "Googled," the book by Ken Auletta.
Larry used a few of those hours in 2008 to rally the FCC to open "white spaces" wireless spectrum between TV channels for high-speed wireless Internet access. Page is "more reclusive, and odder" than Brin, according to "Googled. " "Larry is like a wall. Google Source: Page's Ascent Could Threaten Google Sales Boss Nikesh Arora. Last night, we got to talking with a source close to Google about Eric Schmidt's departure.
We asked if the news was a shock, who among the Google execs are the big losers in the news, and whether Eric was really the puppet-CEO everyone describes him as. Here's what we learned: SAI: What does this mean? What are people saying? Excited? Source: This isn't wholly unexpected since Eric has a 10 year agreement. SAI: Google-watchers say Eric has actually been the number 3 or 4 at Google for a while, is that true? Source: Untrue. Meet Google's New Global Sales Boss, Nikesh Arora. President of international operations Nikesh Arora -- best known for running Google Europe until April -- will replace Omid Kordestani as Google's (GOOG) global sales boss, according to a note in the company's quarterly filing.
Omid will become Senior Advisor, Office of the CEO and Founders. Here's the scuttlebutt on the office-swap and Nikesh: Omid is "richer than god" and has been sort of trying to figure out what to do next for quite some time. The only possible candidates to succeed him were former US sales boss Tim Armstrong and Nikesh. Tim left to become AOL CEO, leaving Nikesh as the obvious choice. Here's Google's statement: After ten years of building and managing our global sales and partnership operations, Omid Kordestani has decided to hand over the reins to Nikesh Arora, currently President of International Operations, and take on a new role as Senior Advisor, Office of the CEO and Founders.
Google Eyes Mobile As The Key To 2011: Tech News and Analysis « Google is driven by search and has dreams of driverless cars, fiber to the home networks and other innovations.
But the company believes this year’s immediate strategic initiatives are all about mobile, according to CEO Eric Schmidt. Writing in Harvard Business Review, Schmidt said 2011 comes down to three priorities for Google: developing fast wireless networks, building up mobile payments and increasing the number of inexpensive smartphones around the world. These initiatives by themselves aren’t surprising if you’ve been following along. But with Schmidt explicitly saying these are the main priorities for Google this year, it puts its various mobile efforts in better context. And it shows how much Google plans on competing in the coming years in mobile. Google CEO Eric Schmidt to step down, co-founder Larry Page to take over [Updated] Google's Eric Schmidt is stepping aside as chief executive in April, and co-founder Larry Page is taking over, the company said before its earnings statement Thursday.
"Google also announced that its board of directors had approved certain changes to Google's management team," the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The New York Times. News Desk: Why Is Eric Schmidt Stepping Down at Google? Was Eric Schmidt pushed or did he jump?
Both. According to close advisors, the Google C.E.O. was upset a year ago when co-founder Larry Page sided with his founding partner, Sergey Brin, to withdraw censored searches from China. Schmidt did not hide his belief that Google should stay in the world’s largest consumer marketplace. It was an indication of the nature of the relationship Schmidt had with the founders that he—as Brian Cashman of the Yankees did this week—acknowledged that the decision was made above his head. He often joked that he provided “adult supervision,” and was never shy about interrupting the founders at meetings to crystallize a point. He couldn’t. Schmidt leaves behind an extraordinary company, and one that, despite the fact that Facebook is the flavor of the month or year, is producing annual revenues of close to thirty billion dollars (compared to Facebook’s reported two billion dollars).