At Google’s Zeitgeist Americas conference, Larry Page spent a good amount of time on stage — maybe one of the longest appearances he has made since taking over as the CEO of the company earlier this year. But when it came to the Q&A, he invited former CEO (and still-chairman) Eric Schmidt, because, as he joked, “he knows how to answer the really hard questions.”
The questions coming from the Zeitgeist audience covered Big Topics like Motorola (NYSE: MMI) and what the merger will mean, patents, challenges to Google (NSDQ: GOOG), risk-taking and what Google would be synonymous with in the future (“search” being the key word of the last several years). Their questions and answers also cover competitors like Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).
As anyone watching the company knows, the two have very different leadership styles and some of that is evident in how they approach the questions: Schmidt very fast talking, Page a little more methodical. Something that also comes across in the video (whether true or just created for an impression is not clear): they can work the room well together.
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