Why Google may have never been if not for Nikola Tesla

Jan 17, 2013
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Why Google may have never been if not for Nikola Tesla

This week Google's own CEO and co-founder spoke about subjects ranging from the company's future with Motorola to the importance of "moon shots" in the tech industry, keying in on how Google's ability to sell the products they make is beyond vital to the market's future. In his conversation with Wired, he revealed first his admiration for Tesla Motors (a company he's invested in since 2006), then how he came to understand the life story of Nikola Tesla (the inventor and all-round excellent fellow), this understanding changing his whole life's path.

Page described how investors "always" speak to him about how they're "going to spend too much money on these crazy things", this referring to one-thought-crazy projects like YouTube, Chrome, and Android. Page continued, "Those are now the things they're most excited about. ... If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things." Continuing on with talk of Tesla Motors, Page praised their focus on commercialization.

"Take one company I admire, Tesla. They’ve not only made a really innovative car, but they’re probably spending 99 percent of their effort figuring out how to actually get it out to people." - Page

With Tesla on the brain, Page spoke about the inventor whose tragic story may have incidentally made Google a possibility by turning its co-founder towards not just invention, but the marketing of inventions.

"When I was growing up, I wanted to be an inventor. Then I realized that there’s a lot of sad stories about inventors like Nikola Tesla, amazing people who didn’t have much impact, because they never turned their inventions into businesses." - Page

Have a peek at the timeline below to see more of the musings of Larry Page over the past few weeks and months. Also have a peek at the Nikola Tesla Museum story from August of 2012 to get a better idea of what Nikola Tesla really did for our modern world, and see one more connection between the Tesla motor company and the inventor by the same name.


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