Google and progress

Juan Carlos Perez writes that Larry Page’s replacement of Eric Schmidt as Google CEO “begs the question of whether the company is trying to fix something that isn’t broken.” This is missing the point that something doesn’t need to be broken for changes to be made, not in the interest of fixing a problem that doesn’t exist, but because a shift (of focus and management structure) can be beneficial in its own right. Google’s never been afraid to shake things up because they can, not because something is seen as “broken.” Over the last year especially, Google has shown its tendency for bold decisions and innovation where none was demanded — withdrawing operations from China, a redesign of its core service (search), Google Instant, self-driving cars, Chrome OS (announced in 2009), the Nexus One and Nexus S, Google Wave (despite its demise as a Google product), and more — and this move should not be seen any differently.

No one expected Schmidt to step down as CEO, but neither did anyone expect innovation from Google in established areas like e-mail (Priority Inbox) and search (Google Instant).

Read more on Creativity and Creation, Opinion, Technology, The Internet.