Needless to say, Eric Schmidt was once the CEO of Google, and is rather idealistic. But his points made about Google and Apple in a recent Wall Street Journal interview make some sort of weird sense: “How has Google’s relationship with Apple changed in the past year?”, and Schmidt answered:
“It’s always been on and off. Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [of iPhones and iPads]. I’m not quite sure why they did that.
“The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competition, which is, ‘I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first?’
“The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they’ve actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They’re not sending bombs at each other.
“I think both Tim [Cook, Apple’s CEO] and Larry [Page, Google’s CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model. When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about.”
This all does make sense, to a degree. But you can never truly know how it is if you’re on the outside, looking in (as press or consumer). And with that quote, it’s well worth noting the rest of the interview is something you should read.
Via: Wall Street Journal