Google wanted Steve Jobs as their first CEO

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.

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Reflectively, the prospect may have felt inspiring, but in light of both Google and Apple's best interests this had never come to fruition. They both are exactly where they should be I would say. Feed them beans Eric, no meat, as their diet should be vegetarian.

Ah, that explain's Schmidt's stupid comments. He's a hippy. Google is pertty close to losing me as a user thanks to Schmidt's comments and politics.

mikefarinha said,
Ah, that explain's Schmidt's stupid comments. He's a hippy. Google is pertty close to losing me as a user thanks to Schmidt's comments and politics.

No please don't leave. You are vital to google's success!

Rapier said,
That was meant to be a joke. Out of the two, Schmidt is clearly more professional.

oh yes, if you don't like it, move house, yes you're correct.

evo_spook said,

oh yes, if you don't like it, move house, yes you're correct.


If you don't like it, you're holding it wrong. :-)

Rapier said,
Looking at Schmidt's recent comments they're pretty much the same person

I am not really sure of that. Schmidt sounds more professional when he talks about the competition.

AtriusNY said,

I am not really sure of that. Schmidt sounds more professional when he talks about the competition.

But a lot less when he's talking to/about consumers.

andrew_f said,

But a lot less when he's talking to/about consumers.


I think Schmidt is multilateral when Jobs not at all, to put it mildly. That is why one is CEO and the other a big boss.