Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Sep 2018 21:34 UTC
Google

It's not just Washington. Even in Silicon Valley, people have started wondering: where's Larry? Page has long been reclusive, a computer scientist who pondered technical problems away from the public eye, preferring to chase moonshots over magazine covers. Unlike founder-CEO peers (Mark Zuckerberg comes to mind), he hasn't presented at product launches or on earnings calls since 2013, and he hasn't done press since 2015. He leaves day-to-day decisions to Pichai and a handful of advisers. But a slew of interviews in recent months with colleagues and confidants, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were worried about retribution from Alphabet, describe Page as an executive who's more withdrawn than ever, bordering on emeritus, invisible to wide swaths of the company. Supporters contend he's still engaged, but his immersion in the technology solutions of tomorrow has distracted him from the problems Google faces today. "What I didn't see in the last year was a strong central voice about how [Google's] going to operate on these issues that are societal and less technical," says a longtime executive who recently left the company.

The money quote - quite literally: "People who know him say he's disappearing more frequently to his private, white-sand Caribbean island.". With the numerous challenges Google is facing, it seems odd that Page is being so reclusive.

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Seems natural to me
by Adurbe on Thu 13th Sep 2018 22:00 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

He is a multi billionaire. He can either engage and get all the stress and vilification that's associated with that (ala musk and Zuckerberg) or sit back on his private island relaxing happily with drink in one hand and a kindle in the other. I know which I'd choose..

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RE: Seems natural to me
by bartgrantham on Thu 13th Sep 2018 23:21 UTC in reply to "Seems natural to me"
bartgrantham Member since:
2011-12-31

Except that he's the CEO of ‎Alphabet Inc., a publicly traded company, so he has a fiduciary responsibility to Google's shareholders.

There's nothing wrong with disengaging from running Google and enjoying an early retirement, but he should probably step down from CEO if that's what he wants.

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RE[2]: Seems natural to me
by kwan_e on Fri 14th Sep 2018 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Seems natural to me"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Except that he's the CEO of ‎Alphabet Inc., a publicly traded company, so he has a fiduciary responsibility to Google's shareholders.


Yeah, but running oneself into the ground isn't a technique for fiduciary responsibility either.

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RE: Seems natural to me
by Soulbender on Fri 14th Sep 2018 04:25 UTC in reply to "Seems natural to me"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

If that's what he wants to do then he should retire as CEO. The responsibility of the CEO is to actually run the company.

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RE[2]: Seems natural to me
by Darkmage on Fri 14th Sep 2018 21:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Seems natural to me"
Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

If the CEO has effectively delegated out all the tasks of his role then he's doing a pretty great job of being CEO. You don't have to be involved in the minutiae of running a business if you have people working for you who are handling things and are paid and trusted to do it for you.

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Pondering Morality?
by Pro-Competition on Fri 14th Sep 2018 01:57 UTC
Pro-Competition
Member since:
2007-08-20

Maybe he's pondering the moral implications of the company's technologies, and how far they have come from the days of "don't be evil".

(I don't know if I'm being sarcastic or not.)

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v who cares
by xfire on Fri 14th Sep 2018 06:38 UTC
RE: who cares
by zima on Sat 15th Sep 2018 15:37 UTC in reply to "who cares"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"These days"?

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Comment by M.Onty
by M.Onty on Fri 14th Sep 2018 09:04 UTC
M.Onty
Member since:
2009-10-23

"People who know him say he's disappearing more frequently to his private, white-sand Caribbean island"

The most honest and human thing I've ever heard out of Google.

What sort of white-sand-Caribbean-island owning maniac would prefer to spend his time thinking up new ways of running an unloved, over-mighty directory service?

I'm sure Google is big enough and ugly enough to scrape by short one of its legion of high-paid big-wigs.

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404: Page not found
by HereIsAThought on Fri 14th Sep 2018 10:00 UTC
HereIsAThought
Member since:
2017-09-14

Missed opportunity for the title.

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RE: 404: Page not found
by fretinator on Fri 14th Sep 2018 13:52 UTC in reply to "404: Page not found"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

It turns out that the missing Page is FrontPage news...

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Reset, burn out
by Kancept on Fri 14th Sep 2018 14:39 UTC
Kancept
Member since:
2006-01-09

Everyone needs a reset. I don't give my job away when I take time off to reset my views and thinking so I can come back refreshed. Sure he's the CEO, but he's not really the one running the company. Much like the president, he's just a figurehead.

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