Eric Schmidt, fully Eric Emerson Schmidt

Eric
Schmidt, fully Eric Emerson Schmidt
1955

American Software Engineer, Businessman< CEO of Novell, CEO of Google

Author Quotes

Google is very much a not-invented-here, build-it-ourselves culture.

If you think about YouTube, YouTube is a 'searching the world's videos' problem, right? They all have to be there, but how do you find them? What I guess I'm trying to say is that search is still the killer app.

People who bet against the Internet, who think that somehow this change is just a generational shift, miss that it is a fundamental reorganizing of the power of the end user. The Internet brings tremendous tools to the end user, and that end user is going to use them.

There's nothing that cannot be found through some search engine or on the Internet somewhere.

Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line but not cross it. I would argue that implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line. At least for the moment, until the technology gets better.

In a networked world, trust is the most important currency.

Silicon Valley's involvement with Washington dates from one event, which was John Scully - who was the CEO of Apple - had dinner with President Clinton and Vice President Gore in 1993. And we're all going, like, 'What's going on? Why would we have dinner with the president?'

Think about learning and education with all the new tools that are being built. We are on the cusp of the acceleration of that and it?s almost overwhelmingly good.

Google's architectural model around broadband and services and so forth plays very well to the powerful devices and services Apple is doing. We're a perfect back end to the problems that they're trying to solve.

In a world where everything is remembered and everything is kept forever, you need to live for the future and things you really care about.

Since I have access to every, every crisis in the world because it's always blaring at me on cable television, that doesn't mean I have to worry about every one of them. This is also known as knowing where the off button is.

Washington - having spent a lot of time there, I grew up there and have spent a lot of time there recently - is largely defined by detailed analytical views and policy choices that are not very good. You know, each policy choice has a winner and a loser, right? Somebody's ox is getting gored.

I actually think most people don?t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.

In the future, the Internet will disappear? you won?t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time.

Success is really about being ready for the good opportunities that come before you. It's not to have a detailed plan of everything that you're going to do. You can't plan innovation or inspiration, but you can be ready for it, and when you see it, you can jump on it.

Washington is an incumbent protection machine. Technology is fundamentally disruptive.

A lot of the Google inventions came from engineers just screwing around with ideas. And then management would see them, and we'd say, 'Boy, that's interesting. Let's add some more engineers.'

I don?t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time ? I mean we really have to think about these things as a society.

In whatever number of years I have on Earth, I think that promoting the values of free expression, the openness of the Internet, that's the best use of my time.

The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they've actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They're not sending bombs at each other.

We have an opportunity for everyone in the world to have access to all the world's information. This has never before been possible. Why is ubiquitous information so profound? It's a tremendous equalizer. Information is power.

A mind set in its ways is wasted. Don't do it.

I had a rule that I had to go to bed before the sun came up. So I used to look up the sunrise times because I thought it would be bad karma to be going to bed as dawn was arriving.

It's very difficult for governments to dominate the Internet because it's so difficult to control. People want to be free. People want to hear multiple voices. They want to make their own decisions. And people who see things will report things.

The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists.

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First Name
Eric
Last Name
Schmidt, fully Eric Emerson Schmidt
Birth Date
1955
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American Software Engineer, Businessman< CEO of Novell, CEO of Google