The following TED Talks interview with Google CEO Larry Page will either give you a warm fuzzy feeling all over, or turn your stomach making you feel nauseous to the point where you want to projectile vomit all over your screen.
Larry Page: Where’s Google going next?
I. Larry Page on Improving the World
Now don’t get me wrong, Google has done some good, but why are we expected to dismiss the bad? For example, when Larry Page so valiantly smiles and states that:
Larry Page: “It kind of takes a while to get these projects going, but, you know, I’m super excited about the possibilities of that, improving the world… making life better.” – at approximately 15:45
So are we to forget about the fact that Google, Apple & the biggest tech companies colluded to fix workers’ wages:
“Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, like Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt, were directly involved in a wage-fixing agreement between their companies. That’s according to analysis of confidential internal Google and Apple memos reviewed and published by the news site PandoDaily. They found that it wasn’t just Google and Apple who were guilty, but dozens of other tech companies were also involved, affecting the salaries of more than a million employees….
“So Steve Jobs goes to Google, which is the big high-flying company at the time in 2005, goes to Google’s Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin and basically says, you guys are recruiting my guys. If you don’t stop it, we’re going to go to war. And generally war in Apple’s Steve Jobs’ mind means patent infringement lawsuits, frivolous or otherwise.
“So the Google guys backed down. They agreed to a non-recruitment, non-solicitation secret agreement. In the emails that have been revealed later in court documents, you can see that Eric Schmidt, CEO at the time, was worried. He understood, clearly, that it was illegal. You’re not allowed to have these cross agreements like this.
“But, nevertheless, it started expanding and expanding from there because it worked in their interest.”
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