Originally Posted by frugality
Self-centered and commercialized?
I am sick and tired of people making Google and its management out to be some sort of saints. I have been waiting for the right opportunity to respond. Here it is.
Google is as much of a business as Apple is, simple as that. At the end of the day, if a business can't make money, they're gonna have to close up shop. The bottom line is all that matters. If Google isn't trying to make as much money as possible, something is wrong with its managers, because they aren't running a business.
Let's take Google's decision to pull out of China. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google's co-founders, remarked that operating Google in China under censorship went against their motto of "don't be evil." However, by pulling out of China, Google threw away a chance at a market with strong potential. Let Page and Brin call it an ethical decision all day long, but at the end of the day, if Google is missing out on a money-making opportunity, they made a bad business decision, simple as that, and the shareholders got shafted.
Another example is Android. Google's higher-ups, including Google CEO Eric Schmidt, are using the so-called "open" nature of Android to further their image as saints taking a tough stand against the evil Steve Jobs. Well I have news for them and everyone else buying that garbage. If Google could be handling the Android business better, such as selling Android instead of giving it away for free, then they're making a mistake. Google's shareholders are going to want to see profits. Let Schmidt call himself a saint all day long. Shareholders are gonna ask him one thing: Where's the money?
Google is quite profitable, and it will continue to remain profitable. Consistently making money should take precedence over everything else. So to say that Google would have become "self-centered and commercialized" under Steve Jobs is meaningless.