There was a time when I couldn’t remember who the CEO of Google was. Yea Yea, Sergey and Larry brought in some guy, but he was a bit of a nerd. But the nerd (Eric Schmidt) now seems to be evolving into the talking head for Google. Was I missing something before? I wonder why Larry and Sergey don’t talk as much. Interesting.
Here he is giving an interview to Alan Murray at WSJ about clean energy. (Setting aside the substance of the talk) I like what Eric is trying to do in the interview — stake out a leadership position, where he says things that go beyond just selling Google’s current products. At the end of the interview he tacitly admits that this is the role he wants to keep — engaging the Obama Administration in an ongoing dialogue on policy.
Something to watch.
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