As Google co-founder Larry Page takes over from Eric Schmidt as the company's CEO, technology editor Charles Arthur looks at what Page needs to do to take the search engine through its next phase of growth

This article titled “Where will Larry Page lead Google?” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 4th April 2011 11.46 UTC

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google’s chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly-listed giant of the internet which generates cash and has 24,000 employees (and will probably have 30,000 by the end of the year); it has a stake in the fast-growing smartphone market, which barely existed; and it has also begun facing up to the changes inherent in being so large, one of which – the risks of bureaucracy – are well-known to most chief executives; the other – the threat of antitrust action in Europe and the US – are not.

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