1. No company has as many smart people as Google.
2. No company is as ambitious as Google.
3. No company is working on as many hard problems as Google.
4. No company makes as many big bets as Google.
5. No company is willing to make as many crazy acquisitions as Google.
6. No company has more data than Google.
7. Few companies understand how to play the government better than Google.
8. No company has more global influence than Google.
9. No company is as ruthlessly efficient as Google.
10. Only one CEO is more ambitious than Google’s Larry Page.*
Google is going to win everything.
In truth, the 10 ‘facts’ I’ve outlined above are not mine; these are the opinions I’ve collected over the past year asking intelligent folks, ‘So what do you think about Google?’
These are the “facts” as the people see them. Although, I haven’t found anyone who disagrees with these 10 facts – do you?
The executives in technology, media, finance, journalism and government that I spend time with – typically at poker, dinner or bottle-service tables – have formed the general consensus above.
These brilliant degenerates I gamble, break bread and pop bottles with are more connected and intelligent than any of us – certainly me.
[ Side note: How great is my life that the kid with the 71 four-year average from Brooklyn gets to hang with the smartest kids in the class!? Love it! ]
They’re in awe of Google’s performance since Larry Page took over.
They’ve never seen anything like it in the history of not only technology, but humanity.
In this piece, I’m going to explore the following:
a) What are Google’s most ambitious projects?
b) What our world will look like in 10 and 20 years if Page & Co. execute at (just) their current level
c) What the ramifications are for startups, investors, the media, journalism, government, education, privacy, freedom and humanity