Last Updated Sep 16, 2009 2:05 PM EDT
Of course, Google is also the most disruptive company on the planet, which means they have lots of "enemies" -- basically anyone anywhere trying to hold on to a pre-Internet business model or some other relic of a fading status quo.
Which includes the entire traditional media industry.
Among the founders' political causes last year was the election of Barack Obama, and now he has a smart CIO, Vivek Kundra, in place, they have access to someone who understands their language -- something still not generally true in government circles -- or in industry, for that matter.
Thus it was not surprising yesterday that Sergey Brin attended Kundra's briefing on the Obama administration's launch of Apps.gov at the NASA Ames Research Center, which is not far from the Google's own Mountainview-based headquarters.
According to Miguel Helft's amusing account of the informally-dressed Brin's Ames drive-by, Brin highlighted Google's recent decision to devote a part of its infrastructure to serving government on all levels (local, state, federal) exclusively.
"The U.S. government is probably the largest enterprise I know of," Brin is quoted as saying. He added that Google might face less regulatory resistance to its innovations once government officials become more familiar with what he termed their "government cloud."
"If you use something, you understand it better," he stated.
Meanwhile, on the ever-improving White House website, Kundra outlined his vision for Apps.gov: "(It) is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and efficiency...(it) is a one-stop source for cloud services â€" an innovation that not only can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the process."
Currently, the U.S. government spends $75 billion annually on IT. So this is not only a meeting of the minds between a progressive administration and a progressive company, this is good for Google's (and other tech providers) bottom line.