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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Assistants and moral hazard

By Ezra Klein

Speaking of Google, I've been reading Ken Auletta's history of the company, which includes this passage in which Larry Page explains why he doesn't have an assistant:

"The amount of time it takes me to actually schedule is not very high because of Google Calendar. ... Also, it's actually allowed me more time. People are willing to ask an assistant: 'Will Larry come and talk at this thing?' But if they have to actually e-mail me about it, they think twice. It's not that anybody in the company can't e-mail me. It's that they realize they shouldn't be using my time that way."

By Ezra Klein  | November 30, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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Ezra, you DO know that Google is an actual business, right? I'm sorry, I can never get over the fact that on a day like today when the COMPANY has been hit with bad news about European anti-trust complaints, you think to do a post about the importance of Larry Page not having a personal assistant!

Posted by: 54465446 | November 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"My time is too valuable to be used!"

Posted by: tomtildrum | November 30, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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