...it’s hard to find actual examples of really amazing things that happened solely due to competition. How exciting is it to come to work if the best you can do is trounce some other company that does roughly the same thing? That’s why most companies decay slowly over time.
The interview is very long and very interesting at times. Some of the Google X products are mentioned in the course of it: Self-driving cars, Project Glass, Google Now & Voice Search, the Knowledge Graph, Google Fiber, X Phone, etc
There are interesting comemnts in Techcrunch coverage of the interview:
The fact of the matter is, however, that if an innovation doesn't pay off, Page takes it out behind the barn and shoots it. Google Wave and probably two dozen other "really cool Google innovations" suffered this fate. They shipped garbage and people either couldn't or didn't use it. Google+ is on the edge. Nobody can claim it's a "roaring success" like Android, but it's not the abject piece of crap that Wave was either... This strikes me as a PR move for Page - an attempt to caputre the "showman" mantle that Steve Jobs had and that Jeff Bezos has. At his core, though, Page is a numbers guy, a business strategy geek along the lines of Jack Welch. He may say he doesn't "think about the competition" buit I guarantee that he does.