The two Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin both had the early idea of having current Apple CEO Steve Jobs as the company's first CEO instead of Eric Schmidt in a report out today. The report comes directly from an episode of Bloomberg's Game Changers documentaries with this one following the success of the two cofounders and the building of the empire along the way.
The documentary, which runs at just over 45 minutes tells viewers that the pair interviewed 12 or 13 candidates, none of whom caught their eye. It was then that they made a trip to Apple to visit Steve Jobs; someone who they said was a personal hero of theirs. It was after this meeting that they both said to investor John Doerr "Why can't we hire that guy".
As we all know, in the end Page and Brin hired Eric Schmidt as their CEO way back in 2001 and the rest is history, their reasoning behind this signed was all because Schmidt had been to hippy art festival Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. This information helped endear Schmidt to both Larry Page and Sergey Brin who were impressed by this news.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt even had a place on Apple's board until bad feeling and increased competition forced him to set down last year. Recent times have seen the two companies -- as well as Larry Page himself -- having tension between Apple and Google. Especially so when Google introduced the Android operating system after the success Job's had with the iPhone.