Google chief executive Larry Page (left) has criticised European governments for not more heavily investing in the technology industry.
During an interview with the Financial Times, Page said a lack of proper government investment is stifling technology development, particularly in Europe.
"[Innovation is] not really being driven by any fundamental technical advance. It's just being driven by people working on it and being ambitious,"he said.
"Why can't we get more of these things going in Europe? Like celebrating technology, having a friendly environment for it, having more investment in science and a basic understanding and entrepreneurialism and making money and moving quickly and kind of the things that are good about Silicon Valley."
Page added that Google is exploring new ways it can use its $62bn worth of assets to help solve the problem but added: "We're in uncharted territory, we're trying to figure it out.
"How do we use all these resources we have and have a much more positive impact on the world?"
The Google chief's comments follow a major shake up in the firm's upper management team. Andy Rubin, a significant figure in Google's Android development and robotics business, announced plans to leave the company on 31 October.
Page is one of many professionals and experts to warn Europe is failing to support the technology industry. Prior to his comments numerous industry commentators have blamed an ongoing technology skills gap for the problem.
Experts from school partnerships and technology advocacy groups listed parents' lack of understanding of the need for children to have digital skills as a key issue exacerbating the problem, during a panel discussion attended by V3 in October.
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