Jobs made an angry call to Google executives 'Don't try to pull out Apple's browser development team'

The website `` Internal Tech Emails '', which publishes multiple internal emails of technology companies, has released `` Google's internal email when Steve Jobs made an angry call to Google executives ''. From the contents of the email, you can read Jobs' anger against Google's withdrawal of Apple employees and the panic of Google executives.

Sergey Brin: 'Irate call from Steve Jobs'

Internal Tech Emails released a series of emails exchanged by Google co-founders Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Alan Eustace, who was senior vice president of engineering until 2015. . A series of e-mails began on February 13, 2005, when Mr. Jobs asked Mr. Brin, ``Isn't Google trying to pull out Apple employees?'' The contents of the email are as follows.

Date: February 13, 2005 1:06
Sender: Sergey Brin
Subject: Angry phone call from Steve Jobs
I got a call from Steve Jobs today. He was furious that Google was poaching the Safari development team. He seemed convinced that Google was poaching the Safari development team that was developing the browser. His behavior was threatening, but I don't mean to be rude.

Anyway, I told Mr. Jobs that ``Google is not developing a browser'' and ``To my knowledge, there is no fact that Google is systematically poaching the Safari development team.'' And when I told him I would check on his hiring strategy with Apple and Safari, he seemed calm.

I also told them that a developer from Mozilla works at Google. However, it did not say that it plans to release an extension for Firefox. (I don't know if it will ever be released)

I also told Jobs that we recently hired a developer from Apple who is familiar with browsers. He said, 'It's okay to hire people who come to Google voluntarily, but I'm angry at the organized poaching.'

So please share what you know about the poaching activity from Apple.

And one more thing. Having both Firefox and Safari feels silly. Perhaps there is a unified strategy that can leverage both Firefox and Safari? Certainly, combined Firefox and Safari can take share of the web as a whole.

Date: February 13, 2005 16:16
From : Alan Eustace
Subject: Re: Angry Call From Steve Jobs
Ben and I have been working for two months to hire Mr. His browser development skills are world-class. Mozilla is also looking to hire him. Last week we were finally able to adjust the schedule for the discussion. I have a meeting with him on Monday, so depending on the offer, there is a high possibility that he will be pulled out. He seemed concerned about the emergence of a browser to replace Internet Explorer. I don't think he's the only one in contact with the Safari development team, but I'll check. I also know that even if he doesn't come to Google, other talented people are likely to come to Google.

Date: February 17, 2005 10:31
From: William Campbell
Subject: Steve Jobs
Hi Sergei. I got another call from Steve. He is angry that Google is trying to poach browser developers. You had better call him.

Date: February 17, 2005 10:42
From: Larry Page
Subject: Fwd: Steve Jobs
Mr. Jobs called me a few minutes ago and asked me to speak to him. where are the candidates?

Date: February 17, 2005 10:45
From: Larry Page
Subject: Re: Steve Jobs
Sergey will call Mr. Jobs now.

Date: February 17, 2005 12:20
Sender: Sergey Brin
Subject: Re:FW: [Fwd:Re:Angry Call From Steve Jobs]
I got an angry phone call from Mr. Jobs today. We shouldn't change our hiring strategy just because Jobs is mad, but I'll share it anyway. In summary, he said, ``If you take out one of Apple's developers, it means war.'' I said, 'I can't promise results, but I will discuss it with management.' I also asked him if he wanted Google to withdraw its offer, and he said yes.

Looking at the information presented again, it seems that Mr. Jobs is talking about the whole team and not about a single employee. In other words, the compromise is to continue Mr. ○○'s hiring strategy and not to make offers to other employees without Apple's permission.

In any case, do not contact the new Apple employee until you have had a discussion with Apple.

Summarizing the above emails, it seems that Google was considering poaching a browser developer from Apple around 2005, but scaled back the poaching plan after an angry call from Mr. Jobs. In 2008, three years after the email was exchanged, Google's browser 'Chrome' was announced, and Chrome is the number one browser at the time of article creation.

in Software, Posted by log1o_hf