Larry Page

Fortune Brainstorm Podcast: Is Google a force for good?

May 31, 2013: 11:06 AM ET

This week, we turn to a conversation between Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and venture capitalist Peter Thiel on the merits of Google's massive reach and of technology in general.


Each Fortune conference -- from Brainstorm Green, Brainstorm Tech, to the Most Powerful Women Summit, and the Global Forum -- yields fascinating conversations with the best and brightest minds in business.

Fortune wants to make it even easier for you to eavesdrop. The Fortune Brainstorm podcast is a weekly show that features recorded conversations from Fortune's live events.

Google (GOOG) has been working through an antitrust probe with European regulators, so it seemed like a good time to check in on the recurring questions surrounding the tech giant's power. As Google gains access to more and more information worldwide, its executives insist that the company, and technology as a whole, is a force for good. This week, we revisit a conversation between Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The conversation took place at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference last year, and the two debate the merits of tech as a whole and Google specifically.

Fortune senior tech writer Miguel Helft sheds some light on Google's self-image and the extent of the company's might.

Subscribe to and download the podcast from iTunes.

Or stick the podcast's RSS feed into your favorite podcast app: To top of page

  • The Google Guys grow up but not apart

    Over the years, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have each carved their own place within the company.

    By Miguel Helft, senior writer

    FORTUNE -- Larry page loves moon shots, so it's fitting that as CEO of Google (GOOG) he has entrusted the company's most ambitious endeavors -- self-driving cars, for example -- to his closest friend, confidant, and collaborator, Sergey Brin.

    Even before they became known as the Google Guys, MORE

    Feb 13, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Et tu, Google?

    Google's founders recently announced a new corporate structure designed to perpetuate their grip over the company. Everyone should beware.

    FORTUNE -- Google's founders announced a plan designed to perpetuate their ironclad grip on the long-term governance of the company.

    With the board's blessing, the company will issue a new non-voting class of shares to existing shareholders. Because the founders currently hold majority-voting rights, the plan does not require that shareholders give their MORE

    - Apr 27, 2012 11:52 AM ET
  • Is there a female Mark Zuckerberg?

    Mark Zuckerberg is one in a million. So why do people keep holding him up as a role model for women? By Gina Bianchini

    Oct 5, 2011 10:09 AM ET
  • What would Larry Page do? Leadership lessons from Google's doyen

    While he remains something of an enigma, Larry Page's leadership style and ideals are becoming increasingly clear. Here are a few strategies that managers can learn from the Google co-founder.

    By Vickie Elmer, contributor

    FORTUNE -- After Larry Page resumed the chief executive job at Google two weeks ago, he didn't hold any big employee meetings or give interviews with major media outlets. Instead, he plopped down $900 million to acquire the MORE

    Apr 18, 2011 10:22 AM ET
  • Why startup founders can make solid CEOs

    More and more, companies are reconsidering the assumption that tech founders lack the skills to take a company to the next level as CEOs.

    By Joel Bomgar, contributor

    FORTUNE -- In the same way that a parent's advice never sounds quite as convincing as a new friend's, and a prophet is hardly ever as believable in his hometown as he is abroad, tech founders have had a hard time making the case that MORE

    Mar 29, 2011 11:27 AM ET
Current Issue
  • Give the gift of Fortune
  • Get the Fortune app
  • Subscribe
Powered by VIP.