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Documentary reveals Google wanted Steve Jobs as first CEO

updated 05:15 am EDT, Sat October 30, 2010

Page and Brin wanted Jobs, but settled on Schmidt

According to a new Bloomberg documentary called Game Changers, Google founders Larry Paige and Sergey Brin visited Apple's Cupertino campus for a meeting with Steve Jobs where they offered him the position of Google CEO. In all, the pair reportedly interviewed around thirteen candidates. Ultimately, Page and Brin settled on current Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Their reason for choosing Eric Schmidt? In addition to his achievements as a software engineer and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, they were impressed that Schmidt had attended the hippy art festival Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

The documentary follows Paige and Brin from the pair's meeting at Stanford through to their current position as global heavyweights in internet search, advertising, and the mobile spaces. [via Pocket-lint]

by MacNN Staff



  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great gagas

    that'd been a gamechanger.

  1. simplybrianp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would not really characterize burning man as a hippy art festival.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Burning Man tourist?

    "Schmidt had attended the hippy art festival Burning Man"

    But did Schmidt show them the videos he took of topless women riding bikes? That might have sealed the deal.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    In the long run it was smarter to hire someone cheaper and have them set on Apple's board and steal their research...

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So Google isn't as cool as Apple

    so they say, "...we had a chance at being cool." The more I hear about Google these days, the more I am sickened. I think they believe in "open source" because it will help destroy a market so they can sweep in and gobble up what is left.

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