The biggest problem facing tech companies is that they all have a lot of stuff that’s toxic, a problem we’re still fighting against, according to one prominent tech executive.
The problem is that we don’t have a clear-cut set of solutions for these issues, and this is a very real one, he said at a keynote speech on the topic this week at a tech conference in New York.
“The reality is that it’s not just one issue,” he said.
Companies have to take a long view, and there is a need to make sure we’re not getting into a situation where there’s a lot too much of one thing, he added.
While Facebook is the most obvious example, Google is a far bigger and more systemic problem, as well.
Google is the second-biggest user of Facebook, with a market value of $5.5 trillion.
“There are so many other problems,” he added, noting that “Google has become a very toxic legacy.”
This includes the fact that Google’s search algorithm is so heavily influenced by Facebook, and the way it treats search results and social media content.
Another problem is the way Google is using the vast amounts of money that Facebook makes.
“If we’re going to go back to Facebook, there’s going to be a lot more friction,” he explained.
In a recent interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is “not going to stop working with Google” because the company has a “very strong commitment to the future of search.”
“Our goal is to get the world to know us more,” Zuckerberg said.
“We are not going to make Google happy.”
The issue of toxic legacy also plays a role in Google’s IPO, Zuckerberg added.
“Our goal in the company going forward is to be the Google of tomorrow, and we want to make our customers happier.”
It’s not clear what Zuckerberg meant by “our customers happier,” but he did say that Facebook and Google will “work together to solve the problems of the future.”
“It’s important for us to recognize that we’re in a different era,” Zuckerberg added, “where we’re starting from a position of strength.”
In fact, Zuckerberg also mentioned that he plans to focus more on “the big things that are happening on the other side of the world,” including the possibility of building a new “transportation network,” as well as the use of artificial intelligence and robotics.