A new book released this week exposing the inner secrets of Google reveals that the Google founders wanted Steve Jobs to be their CEO, but failed to lure him away from Apple. Steven Levy‘s just-released book on Google, entitled,“In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives,” allows the reader some inside looks into Google. It also notes how Apple & Google, companies that once shared a close bond, became ferocious rivals. According to the Daily Mail, when Google co-founders Sergey Brin & Larry Page were on the hunt for a Google CEO, they targeted Jobs as their first choice. When Jobs declined, Google found Eric Schmidt instead, who would become a member of Apple’s board of directors.
“He (Jobs) turned down their offer, but because he saw the potential of Google he agreed to mentor Mr. Page and Mr. Brin, even sharing advisers,” the report said. The relationship of the two companies quickly went south after Google introduced the Android operating system. Jobs felt like he had been betrayed. Jobs thought Google had simply just copied the success of the iPhone. The new books also reveals that Jobs somehow managed to keep the development of the iPad hidden. Jobs felt that the best ideas of the iPhone were stolen. Now that Eric Schmidt has been replaced by Larry page, Google is headed in a new direction. Sergey Brin will also take a more active role in strategic projects including product development. Eric Schmidt will remain as Google’s executive chairman.