Here I sit this morning, in a winter wonderland of snow — on this glacial moraine we call Long Island. And tres beautiful it is. The storm has cleared, the sun is low casting long sharp shadows. Is there anything prettier than a holly tree branches heavy with freshies? And in the paper paper today, Google has announced Eric Schmidt will step aside come April to be replaced as leader by co-founder Larry Page.
Talk about freshies?
The spin in the papers is that Google feels it has lost a step, becoming a bit too corporate and in need of a return to its entrepreneurial roots. Google longs to move at the speed of Facebook. Mr. Page is thought to be adult enough now to manage Google – being steeped in the fast and furious start-up culture.
No matter how you spin this thing, it suggests a management problem. Earnings, announced yesterday, were terrific but the narrative behind the move, not so much. Something is amiss. I can smell it and it doesn’t waft well. Stay tuned. Peace!