Originally Posted by stelligent
You're selectively picking pieces of factoids to justify your premise. Gundotra also wrote a very touching tribute to Steve Jobs before he died. Brin, Page and Schmidt all have repeatedly expressed their idolatry of Jobs well before his death.
It would not surprise me if you already know about this but choose only to highlight the negative because it justifies your passion to see only the worst in people/organizations you do not like.
That's too bad. You can never ever prove your point (because true motive cannot be proven). But why not learn to be happy and try to see the best in people when the possibility very much exists. Open your eyes and heart.
I linked to Gundotra's piece in my original post. I am not being selective about what I choose to highlight. If anyone is doing that here, it is you. All I am doing is pointing out that these guys had very different things to say about Steve before he died.
As for their motives, it is pretty clearly self-interest. You don't have to be a mind reader or time traveler to infer motives, whether the actors are still living or died long ago. What purpose is there in reading or writing history, politics, or current events without learning about (and from) the motivations that drive people?
I am sure Page, Brin, and Gundotra admired Jobs. But that doesn't mean they didn't say and do some pretty crappy things in the last few years. For example, as has been widely reported, Steve made it pretty clear that he thought Android infringed on a lot of the work Apple had done with iOS directly to Google. That didn't stop Google from infringing.
Gundotra's "one man" line I quoted above wasn't true, as if Android is "open" in any true sense of the word - especially now with Ice Cream Sandwich. That didn't stop Google from beating Apple with the false "open" meme. Steve himself properly labeled this claim "bullshit."
This has nothing to do with happiness, cynicism, or whether I "like" Google or not. This is just objective reality.