Google’s Page: Still Crazy After All These Years


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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Larry Page began the company’s Q3 earnings call by offering an overview of new products like its social network Google+ and sought to address some of the criticisms that have been directed at the apparent hubris of competing once again with Facebook.

“When we started doing search [12 years ago], people thought we were crazy,” Page said. “But here we are. And we’re still working on other businesses where people accused us of being crazy.” He pointed to the company’s iPhone challenger, Android, saying that roughly 550,000 phones activated a day — “that’s huge even by Google standards,” he boasted to investors.

In outlining his goals as CEO, Page described Google’s many tools as being as essential and common as a toothbrush — which seems to be Page’s favorite analogue for Google, since he said the same thing during the Q2 call. “We’ve only accomplished 1 percent of what we want to do,” he added.

Turning back to Android, Susan Wojcicki, SVP, advertising, noted that there are now 135 million Android devices activated, up from 100 million two months ago. She added that there are now 400 different devices powered by Android currently available around the world.

So what’s in store for the plans to grow Google+, Page said that over a billion items have been shared in single day (he didn’t say whether that was most days and whether that is a trend or a one-time spike). “In terms defining success, we want to create things that people use at least twice a day, like a toothbrush” — the third time for that reference, while Nikesh Arora, SVP, chief business officer, said that there is a continuing focus on local. “It’s a difficult space, but it’s about putting the pieces in place,” he said. “When you have maps, search and phones like we do, those are some really great pieces that fit well together.”

Page began wrapping up the call by referring to unnamed competitors who don’t like let users have control over their properties. “We want people to be able to take what they want, we’re about creating a better user experience — that’s always been the strategy,” he said.

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