OT - Michigan alum Larry Page to take over as Google CEO

Submitted by ish on January 20th, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Larry Page, a google founder and UM alum will be the new CEO of google.


Page is credited with bringing google jobs/facility to Ann Arbor.


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January 20th, 2011 at 4:24 PM ^

Thank goodness.  That company is so promising but has performed so poorly...

I'll be looking for a job in about 16 months if he's interested. (Call me!)

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January 20th, 2011 at 4:38 PM ^

It will work out better than co-founder Jerry Yang's tenure as Yahoo! CEO.

I have to say when I first glanced at the thread, I thought it was about Larry Foote taking over Google. Which would be super FTW.


January 20th, 2011 at 4:40 PM ^

CEO of Google might as well be, "Master of the Universe". $200 billion market cap. Unreal. Should've put more GOOG weight in my portfolio.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:08 PM ^

I'll see your CEO of Google position and raise you the CEO of Wal-Mart position.  Fortune #1.  No Michigan connection, just saying.

Hey, ZONE LEFT:  This reminds me - my dad is the head of military recruiting for Wal-Mart and works with former active duty military to help them find management positions with Wal-Mart.  He actually mentored a Michigan MBA student last year.  You might consider sending me an email and I'll put you in touch.  He was a former Brigadier General with the US Army Reserves.  Email Brian and he'll forward it to me, I think.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:12 PM ^

Fortune rankings can suck my dong.

GOOG has a higher market cap than WMT, and is much better positioned to succeed over the next decade.  Also, GOOG >>>>> WMT in terms of prestige.  I mean really - what does the CEO of Wal-Mart do?  Focus on negotiating contracts with suppliers, bleeding them further?  They are such a mature product, you can't really influence any change as the CEO.  You can have your WMT CEO gig....


January 20th, 2011 at 5:15 PM ^

I think we put weight on different things.  I'd prefer to be CEO of a monster company with a monster compensation package and not have to lift a finger.  Call it laziness, apathy, or simply lack of motivation.  I'll admit to each of those!  But your point is both well-explained and well-taken.


January 20th, 2011 at 6:47 PM ^

WMT can revitalize supply chain management!!! Wow!! That's wayyyyy more exciting than anything Google is doing these days.  You know.  Like buidling up a $200 billion market cap from nothing within ten years.  WMT can have supply chain management.  Sky is the limit with GOOG.

(another way to think of it - "I work in corporate at Wal-Mart" doesn't compare with "I work at Google")


January 20th, 2011 at 8:12 PM ^

I didn't mean to start a real debate but, since I did . . .

I hear what you're saying about Google being an exciting product and a great company to work for.  That said, your initial point was about being CEO and I suggested that I'd rather be CEO of the Fortune #1 company because of the prestige and fortune that comes from it.  Regardless, being CEO of either would suck royally because being a CEO of a large corporation in general sucks.  Although, they get paid for their trouble, that's for damn sure!


January 20th, 2011 at 11:08 PM ^

Not gonna disagree with you re: sexiness.  But I was basically countering your point that the CEO of WMT is merely a figurehead.  He/she has about, oh, another 4-5 billion people to attempt to access in the retail segment worldwide.

Selling shaving cream and Sam's club six-packs to the poorest of the poor?  Now THAT'S sexy.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:01 PM ^

Awesome... in 1999 or 2000 he came to talk to my EECS class and then took a few of us out for drinks... little.did.we.know.....


Congrats to Larry, well deserved.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:43 PM ^

I remember when I was a sophomore studying CSE at Michigan back in 2000 or so, a kid in one of my classes had a Google shirt on, and I asked him what Google is. He said it was this great new search engine started by a U-M grad and that we should all support it because the founder is a Michigan Man. So maybe there is something to this whole "Michigan Man" thing.


January 20th, 2011 at 6:15 PM ^

Yeah, a bunch of us started using it back in the day because it was better, not mainstream, and created by a UM guy... I remember thinking that maybe Google would stick with the techie community, but no way they would displace Yahoo!/Alta Vista... Lol... that is an even worst call than when I thought Ryan Leaf would be better than Manning in the pros. 


January 20th, 2011 at 5:03 PM ^

People that hate on it because of privacy, blah, blah...don't use it. Google can track my searchs all they want I always find what I want on there.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:17 PM ^

Great...my son, a BME grad student at Michigan did his undergrad (also at Michigan) in computer engineering and spent a summer in the Boulder, CO office of Google.  Great experience and incredibly nice people.  They were very cordial to us when we visited.  How many other companies in America have a three story climbing wall in their lobby.  I thought Larry Page's graduation speech two years ago was excellent. 

Nice to see our alums do spectacularly well.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:49 PM ^

Good luck...it is a great place to work. They compensate their interns extremely well and their benefits are excellent for interns.  I met my son's boss and coworkers on several occasions and thought they were incredibly nice.  Very relaxed atmosphere but with high expectations.


January 20th, 2011 at 7:28 PM ^

Haha, I have no idea what my actual chances are, but if it somehow works out, I pinky swear that I'll at least make an effort to get the main Google page to be UM-OSU themed on the day of The Game. Maybe make the O's face-to-face helmets or something.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:38 PM ^

This isn't big news. Page co-founded Google (in fact, outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt is not one of the founders; the VCs brought him in when Page and his co-founder Sergey Brin both said that they didn't want to be CEO). His shares in the company actually give him more voting power than Schmidt. Page has been with Google since Day One and already had a significant role in steering the company. Also, Schmidt is staying on with Google as executive chairman and will still be involved in decision-making, so this isn't as major an announcement as it seems.