Anyway, since your company will take over the media world, you will become known as a “Media Titan.” Now, let’s be clear. I don’t think you’re in charge of the evil empire. Just because you’re a Titan does not make you evil. Lots of nice people over there at Goog. In fact, I’ve never met a jerk. Oh wait.. there was the guy who gave me the “evil eye” when I took the last of the cream for my espresso during my Goog last visit. What can I say? I like cream in my espresso.
So, in a few years, you should think of yourself as a much younger Sumner Redstone. This will be a different experience for you in comparison to your tech roots where Google has been an admirably, disruptive force like no other.
As a Media Titan, you will eventually need to own cool media properties with cool, differentiated content and all monetizing better than Snuggies in winter. If you don't, your competitors will. And, media starts with people who have creative, media minds. A lot of these people are crazy. Trust me. I’ve seen ‘em. But they will drive the business and you will have to work with them. It won’t be like tech - at least not for another 50 years when the droids finally take over MTV (Oh man, that will be a good cartoon. Will send link.).
Creativity and ideas will need to be given room to grow, kinda like I guess you do with your technology today – like when you let people spend 20% of their time building the next whatever. But, it’s not about disruption this time really.. it’s more about... let's call it "music" for the creative types. How do you make music, original music? It's obtuse stuff. It will not be programmable (until the droids etc.). And the music will likely not come from people who’ve been to an elite Ivy League school, Stanford, Cal Tech, blah blah blah, either. Be careful of the soft stuff, Larry. I think that’s your trip wire. Maybe.
OK, gotta go. Congrats again. I'll be back with more tips another time.