Larry Page talked for the first time about the medical problems that caused him to let Sergey Brin do most of the public talking for Google lately. Fortunately, it seems that there isn’t much to worry about.
You may remember that there has been quite a bit of speculation around the Google CEO’s voice problems, which caused him to miss Google I/O last year. At the time, Page told investors in a letter that there was “nothing seriously wrong”, and Eric Schmidt stated that Page would continue to run the company as before.
Now, after a year in which Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have done most of the public speaking for Google, Larry Page decided to take to Google+ and explain his problems, reassuring everyone about his health. In short, it all started with a cold fourteen years ago, after which Page never fully recovered his voice back. The founder of Google was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis, without an actual cause being found.
While that didn’t affect him much, after another cold last summer, Larry Page’s doctors found that his second vocal cord was also affected, again with no particular cause found.
Page says that things are going better now, and that he can manage both at work and at home, but giving long speeches is more difficult for him and those listening.
Still, there are no serious worries, as Page says himself, and there are even good things that come with the situation.
Vocal cord nerve issues can also affect your breathing, so my ability to exercise at peak aerobic capacity is somewhat reduced. That said, my friends still think I have way more stamina than them when we go kitesurfing! And Sergey says I’m probably a better CEO because I choose my words more carefully. So surprisingly, overall I am feeling very lucky.
In order to help others with the same problem, Larry Page announced the funding of a research program on the rare condition.
It’s good to know that the situation is under control and that Larry Page will be able to perform his duties as usual, even if he won’t be the one talking about what Google has come up with at events such as Google I/O.
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