The engineer comes in to see Larry Page, the Google co-founder and CEO. Page is a remarkable combination: he’s a practical dreamer, a luminous oxymoron bringing together qualities not usually found in one person. Page runs a tight management ship and simultaneously lives with half his brain in the future world we may all one day inhabit. It’s a big job and Page tends to inspire awe in Google employees for the way he occupies the dynamic throne.
So anyway the engineer comes in to see Page, and this particular engineer is–not unusual at Google–a genius. He’s there to unveil his latest invention: a time machine. Beaming with pride he goes to plug the machine in and that’s when Larry Page stops him. Why do you have to plug it in? he asks. That’s the way it is at Google, according to a remarkably starstruck portrait of Page in the newest Fortune.