Google's "party jet" launches lawsuits
When SiliconBeat reported last year that Google founding duo Larry Page and Sergey Brin had bought a Boeing 767 jet, tongues wagged in the Valley about the seemingly frugal pair's new purchase. At the time, Page defended their purchase, saying that the economics "make a lot of sense," since the jet could carry 50 people at a time more cheaply, per person, than a Gulfstream, and could help the Google founders' charitable efforts in Africa.
But now the truth is coming out: the Google guys' jet is a "party airplane," according to none other than Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a lawsuit over the jet's retrofitting alleges. Aviation designer Leslie Jennings made the claim in a filing amidst a legal dispute with Blue City Holdings, the company which technically owns the 767 and which fired Jennings last October as costs soared on the redesign. Jennings claimed that Page and Brin made odd requests, like hammocks suspended from the ceiling, and fought over the size of the bed in Brin's room, a conflict Schmidt had to referee. All part of a day's work, apparently, for the CEO of the world's biggest search engine -- even though Google has said the company has no connection to the plane.
Fighting over bed size in your own 767? But they are so kind to help out Africa along the way. Good god. No wonder Google doesnt seem to have a clear business strategy. Without AdSense they would be just another valley company looking for eyeballs.
So what? Let them do what they want with their own jet. So they want a party jet - their money, their company, let 'em. As far as a business strategy goes - how about you wait until YOU form a multi-billion dollar business before bashing on how they did it, or how they plan to continue on. Google has a plan, and they're smart to not share it with the world.
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