Last year, Google’s April 1 gimmick is the announcement of motion controlled Gmail. Now a year after, on the April 1st of 2012, Google announces that their experimental self-riving car is arriving to the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).
Google serlf driving car at NASCAR
If you want to find out the full details of this Google gimmick. Check out the post written by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the official Google Blog.
Here’s the link to Google Racing.
From left to right: Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page. Image via Wikipedia
In a surprise move by the search giant, Google Inc announced that starting April 4, 2011, Larry Page, one of the two founders of the company will take over its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Before April 4, however, Page will immediately take the responsibility of leading the product development and technology strategy of the company.
Sergey will stay focused on strategic projects and exploring new products.
Meanwhile, Eric the deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership. He will also act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.
Reason for the Change
The reason for the change, as Schmidt himself explained, was to simplify Google’s management structure and speed up decision making. Schmidt has been Google’s CEO for almost a decade now and in his tenure as CEO, Google expanded in ways the company never imagined. New products and acquisition thrust them to be one of the world’s most valued company bolstering Google, Android, YouTube and Chrome as household names.
Eric, Sergey and Larry has been Google’s key persons when it comes to decision making. This triumvirate has been working together for 10 years now and they will still do. This change, as Eric explained, will just clarify their individual roles so there’s clear responsibility and accountability at the top of the company
Apple’s Steve Jobs in Sick Leave, Larry Page as CEO, coincidence?
While many were surprised by this move by Google, some can’t help but think if there’s a connection between Jobs medical leave and Larry stepping over as CEO. Amid numerous speculations, none has enough substance to explain the connection (if there’s really one).