Google: Ranked Best Employer; CEO Says to Apple 'How's thermonuclear war working?'
We have some interesting Google news this morning. First up, Fortune magazine ranked the top 100 companies to work for, and Google is in the number one spot on that list for the fourth year in a row. Interestingly, Apple is not even in the top 100. Here's Fortune's reasoning why Google continues to hold the crown,
Our second bit of news comes from Google's top dog himself, Larry Page. In our title above we slightly paraphrased his statement. In an interview with Wired magazine, the Google CEO and co-founder responded to questions regarding the late Steve Jobs' and Apple's thermonuclear war against Android. His full response was, “How well is that working?” Here's a quote with the exchange that was this part of the interview,
“The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of subsidized massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits,” Fortune explains. ~ Fortune
It's probably not surprising to see him respond this way. For the most part, Apple's legal war against "practically everyone" has done nothing useful except stifle creativity and slow innovation, and Page is simply implying the results have been useless.
Wired: Steve Jobs felt competitive enough to claim that he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” on Android.
Page: How well is that working?
Wired: Do you think that Android’s huge lead in market share is decisive?
Page: Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.
Wired: Did you envision that kind of success when you bought Andy Rubin’s small company in 2005?
Page: We have a good ability to see what’s possible and not be impeded by the status quo. At the time we bought Android, it was pretty obvious that the existing mobile operating systems were terrible. You couldn’t write software for them. Compare that to what we have now. So I don’t think that betting on Android was that big a stretch. You just had to have the conviction to make a long-term investment and to believe that things could be a lot better. ~ Wired