The Truth Behind Why Steve Jobs Had Trust Issues with Google

October 1, 2012

Steve Jobs disliked Google, because the Internet search giant betrayed the Apple guru’s trust.  If you want an in-depth snapshot of their relationship degeneration head over to Gizmodo and its article, “What Really Made Steve Jobs So Angry at Google?”  When Google first started up, the co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page approached Jobs and asked him to be their CEO.  He declined, but decided to mentor the pair.  Apple started iPhone development in 2004 and in 2005 Google bought the Android start-up.  The iPhone was launched, but only eleven months later a startlingly similar Android phone in an online video.  The Android phone was officially released in 2008. What followed was a timeline of betrayal of trust with lawsuits, patent infringements, and mud slinging all around.  Jobs  was quoted as saying, “…I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

“The big overall takeaway here is that if Google’s leadership is willing and comfortable stealing from longtime personal friends and colleagues who have given generously to them and greatly helped them succeed at most every stage, Google could be expected to have no compunction stealing from people they don’t know. This also helps explain why Google has by far the worst intellectual property infringement record of any major American corporation and why so many companies and people are suing Google around the world for intellectual property infringement.”

Google is not as benign as we are led to believe.  The company promised to do no evil in its IPO, but isn’t stealing a crime?  Maybe the definition of “stealing” has changed since the Ten Commandments or maybe intellectual property infringement is treated differently than other property in the world of bits and bytes.

Whitney Grace, October 01, 2012

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