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Zeitgeist Americas 2011: Q&A With Larry Page and Eric Schmidt

During Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference on September 27, Larry Page took the stage to address the audience. Page talked about a range of things — everything from Search to Android to YouTube to Chrome to Google+ to Nikola Tesla (the great inventor who “failed”).

Eric Schmidt, and Page on stage talked the Motorola deal (while it will nearly double the size of Google’s workforce, Page jokes that he wished it doubled their market cap too), patents (Page notes Google has never sued anyone over patents), innovation (the self-driving cars), and agility (changing the company every year).

At one point, Schmidt takes a shot at Microsoft calling them “one of our former competitors” to laughs. When asked about Yahoo, Schmidt declined to say much but did acknowledge that “they need to sort out their leadership issues”. He also called out “the mindless and stupid policy” with regard to immigration, calling it a “national crisis”.

Page also said that the slow down of decision-making as companies grow in size is “tragic”. That’s his aim as CEO, to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The video is embedded right below. Also, note, Page’s declaration about “Google needing to worry about Google” happens at 38 minutes in:

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