Reno - 5:23 pm on Jan 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
>Page is not a charismatic icon like Steve Jobs
And time will tell whether he has SJ's business savvy, which he has continually exhibited since his return to Apple. Just look at what has happened to Apple's stock value, and to surpass Microsoft in terms of capitalization (over $300 billion, second only to Exxon) has to be a source of tremendous satisfaction to SJ. He will be long studied in business school as an example of a brilliant CEO ~ tech or otherwise.
Under Schmidt, Google's stock value also rose and as a publicly traded company, THAT is what will matter during this transition. So if the bottom line continues to expand, Page will be heralded; if it shrinks, no matter how well he fits the Google "alternative" image, they'll anounce that he's going off in his yacht.
The idea of a founder coming back to take charge has a certain media PR value, but to the bean counters / stock holders, the ONLY thing that will matter is if he makes money. Hopefully the innovations he inspires will return Google to its former sense of wonder for the masses, and do it with an acceptable level of profit for Wall Street. In that sense he's in a tough position ~ time will tell if he's a new beginning, or at the beginning of the slide. If the latter, Schmidt may have the last laugh.