Larry Page’s Perspective

Google CEO Larry Page in an interview with Businessweek, commenting on Steve Jobs’ conflicts with Android:

I think the Android differences were actually for show… I think that served their interests. For a lot of companies, it’s useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it’s better to shoot higher. You don’t want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what’s possible and how to make the world better.

Fighting words indeed. But seriously, what’s he supposed to say? “Um, actually, Apple’s concerns are totally justified, and we pretty much did rip off the iPhone.”? He’s Google’s CEO; it’s no surprise that he thinks their products are making the world a better place. Pretty sure Steve Jobs thought the same way.


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