2011년, 구글 CEO 자리로 복귀하게된 Larry Page가 Steve Jobs에게 만나고 싶다는 요청을 했다고 한다. 어떻게 하면 좋은 CEO가 될 수 있는지 ‘조언’을 듣고 싶다며. Jobs는 이 이야기를 듣고, 속으로는 바로 ‘Fuck you’를 했다고..
하지만, 자신 또한 젊은 시절, 많은 사람들로부터 도움을 받았기에 이것을 되돌려 주어야 한다는 생각에 만나서 진심을 담아 다음과 같이 조언해주었다고 한다.
(명문을 잘 번역할 자신이 없기에 원문 그대로 옮김)
We talked a lot about focus. And choosing people. How to know who to trust, and how to build a team of lieutenants he can count on. I described the blocking and tackling he would have to do to keep the company from getting flabby or being larded with B players. The main thing I stressed was focus. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. It’s now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great. I tried to be as helpful as I could. I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The VAlley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.
– Steve Jobs 자서전에서.