Saturday, January 22, 2011

Founder CEOs And Google

Left to right, Eric E. Schmidt, Sergey Brin an...Image via WikipediaThe Chrome OS needed to kill Windows yesterday, five years ago. And Google is still not looking to kill Windows. Google not having a Founder CEO is the reason why. The early venture capitalists who put in the early money messed up. They should have brought in someone like Eric Schmidt as a COO, the Chief Operating Officer. Larry Page should have been CEO all along.

Bill Gates was young and he was CEO. Mark Zuckerberg is still young. He even looks the part. You can't dismiss a Founder CEO just because he or she is young. That is extra true for history making companies. It is a DNA thing. Founder CEOs come with the DNA.

I think Jack Dorsey should have been Twitter CEO the entire time. If that had been the case, Twitter would have kept pivoting like Facebook has.

You can tell I have a bias for Founder CEOs. The best Founder CEOs don't get to stay on as Founder CEOs because outside parties like venture capitalists let them. They keep the power they started with. CEOs for life Larry Ellison do the same thing. They keep the power. Larry still owns 25% of Oracle. He used to own 40%. I guess he sold some of his stocks and built a 100 million dollar home, bought fighter jets and stuff. By contrast Zuck only owns 15% of Facebook. That is a shame.
Jack Dorsey, a co-founder and the chairman of ...Image via Wikipedia
An Eric Schmidt Traffic Spike
I Will Not Miss Eric

I like Eric Schmidt, I like Evan Williams. But I have always hated the idea of Steve Jobs getting fired. It is like when the idiots back in the days let Mozart die at a young age. I wonder if a decade in the wilderness contributed to Steve Jobs' bad health.
New Yorker: Why Is Eric Schmidt Stepping Down At Google?: Was Eric Schmidt pushed or did he jump? Both..... He often joked that he provided “adult supervision,” and was never shy about interrupting the founders at meetings to crystallize a point. ...... always made clear that they were “geniuses” and he, in effect, was their manager ..... Schmidt, according to associates, lost some energy and focus after losing the China decision. At the same time, Google was becoming defensive. All of their social-network efforts had faltered. Facebook had replaced them as the hot tech company, the place vital engineers wanted to work. Complaints about Google bureaucracy intensified. Governments around the world were lobbing grenades at Google over privacy, copyright, and size issues. The “don’t be evil” brand was getting tarnished, and the founders were restive. Schmidt started to think of departing....... He would stay a year as executive chairman, said an advisor, and then do something else...... It was always assumed that one day Page would be C.E.O. ..... a very
Image representing Mark Zuckerberg as depicted...Image via CrunchBase private man, who often in meetings looks down at his hand-held Android device, who is not a comfortable public speaker, who hates to have a regimented schedule, who thinks it is an inefficient use of his time to invest too much of it in meetings with journalists or analysts or governments ...... a proclivity most engineers have: they are really bad at things they can’t measure. Like fears about Google’s size, and privacy and copyright and how to deal with governments that are weak at measurement but rife with paranoia
Larry Elllison on stage.Image via Wikipedia
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