Larry Page on how to change the world

Posted on May 11, 2008 

Larry Page on how to change the world

Breakthrough ideas are around the corner, says the Google co-founder. But most of us are failing to take a chance on them.

As president of Google, Larry Page has pushed his people to take risks that have led to hot new applications like Gmail and Google Maps. Lately he has been thinking far outside the walls of his company. Page sees a world of opportunity – in areas ranging from energy to safer cars. But he also sees a world of timidity; not enough people, he worries, are willing to place the big bets that could make a difference in meeting humanity’s biggest challenges.

In these edited excerpts from an interview with Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer at Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Page offers his views on innovation, change, fear – and why he is, all things considered, an optimist.

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