Fortune has named Larry Page, Google Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, as 2014 Business Person of the Year. There are many reasons why Larry has been given this award but the crux of the matter is that after four years in the role, he has shown himself to be the most daring of CEOs. Larry’s ambitious projects, called “moonshots” in the press, are now a regular news item; anything from delivery drones to self driving cars to eradicating the world of degenerative diseases and so hoping to significantly extend human lifespan. It seems that no project or ambition is too small for Google but with an underlying theme of for the greater good. Any single development could improve life for millions if not billions, combined is something else.
Fortune’s article details an interview with Larry Page where he describes in more detail some of the things behind his vision for Google. Interestingly enough, Larry details conversations with Steve Jobs, “I used to have this debate with Steve Jobs, and he would always say, ‘You guys are doing too much stuff’â€‰…. He did a good job of doing one or two things really well…. We’d like to have a bigger impact on the world by doing more things.” I think I can put it a little blunter than this: Apple’s latest iPhone may be the
bendiest best iPhone yet, but it’s still just a ‘phone. Google’s latest projects are for the betterment of humanity (and I don’t buy the argument that owning an iProduct makes you a better person!).
Fortune’s own article, when detailing Tim Cook (the number two spot) discusses how Apple’s stock price is on the rise, how they’re selling more and more of their iProducts and how they’re slightly less secretive than before. I am biased (I don’t like Apple’s walled garden approach) but to me, it reads that Larry Page and Tim Cook are in a different league. This is not to say that Google aren’t a business, because they are ultimately out there to make money too (and they have a number of highly successful money making projects). There are other notable executives from the technology sectors listed in the top fifty, apart from second place Tim Cook, include Robert Iger of Disney at spot six and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at thirteen.
Turning back to Larry Page, if Google’s life extension project doesn’t deliver immortality for humanity, his achievements will absolutely be far reaching. Here’s to you, Mr. Page, and thank you!