Larry Page talks Alphabet, security, and Google's long-term vision in Fortune interview

The typically tight-lipped leader shares his passion for Project Loon and building the new Alphabet into a company that is entrepreneur-friendly.

Credit: Fortune

Credit: Fortune

For Larry Page, Alphabet spells “moonshot.”

That was the overarching subject of the first sit-down in a while for the CEO of the freshly-christened Alphabet, Google’s new parent company. He chatted with Alan Murray at the Fortune Global Forum to talk about where he sees the company going forward with its new structure and increasingly diverse focus.

In the rather wide-ranging interview he spoke most passionately about Project Loon, the company’s effort to bring the Internet to large swaths of land where there is no access.

“Think about how cellphones have changed your life. Think about how they could change the lives of billions of people,” he said.

Privacy is always a hot topic for Google. Not surprisingly, Page thinks some attitudes need to shift in regards to how we think about private information. As an example, he cited the difficulty that some university researchers have in performing genomic research.

“We’ve gotten so hung up on privacy,” he said.

He also talked Steve Jobs, who has been the subject of multiple film releases lately. Looking back he said Jobs was correct that Google was pulled in too many directions, which was part of the thought process that led him to push for the creation of Alphabet.

He wants the “moonshot” mindset to stay, however, as Alphabet should be “a company for entrepreneurs” that focuses on creative thinking.

Why this matters: This brief talk explains quite a bit about why Page decided to re-arrange Google into the umbrella company Alphabet. He wants the company to be an innovator in multiple areas, which goes far beyond Google’s efforts in search, Android, and Chrome. This empowers him to pursue a wide number of interests, with Google pumping out the cash to fund potentially crazy experiments. So far, investors have been pretty happy with the move, but it’s an interesting experiment to watch over time.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleApple

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender solutions stop attacks before they even begin! Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?