martinibuster - 5:20 pm on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Wow, good article. The theme of the article is the future. It's an inspirational article, including a peek at how Larry Page maintains a top-down order and control within the company. Do yourself a favor and read the article, there is plenty in there that is inspirational in ways of managing a business or product. I think Larry Page is out-Steve Jobbing Steve Jobs.
On evaluating a product's usefulness:
He insists that new products pass a "toothbrush test" -- they must be important enough that most people will use them at least twice a day.
Regarding companies like Microsoft and Yelp who were complaining about Google's foray into travel and hotels, he rightly highlights the mediocrity and lack of innovation at those complaining companies:
Google could offer a service that could "basically vacation plan for you," Page says. It would take your preferences, combine them with information about weather, hotel, and airline prices, and suggest a vacation plan. Says Page: "I don't think the companies that are complaining about various components of what we do are trying to do that."
On Google's focus on innovation:
"Not enough people are focused on big change," he says. To Page, that's as much a fact as it is an opportunity.