According to interviewees in “Game Changers,” Bloomberg TV’s documentary on the founding of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the company’s co-founders, wanted none other than Steve Jobs to serve as Google’s inaugural CEO.
The story goes that, after interviewing 12 or 13 candidates they didn’t like, Page and Brin happened to make something of a social visit to Apple and Jobs.
After the visit, the Google cofounders met with investor John Doerr and asked him: why can’t we hire that guy?
Game Changers doesn’t have the exact quote, but we figure he told Page and Brin something along the lines of, “are you nuts?”
As tantalizing a what-if as that might be, Apple’s probably the better fit for Jobs; in addition to being the company’s co-founder, it’s hard to make algorithms flashy.
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