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

Fast learners win.

If you look at the history of technology over a couple hundred years, it's all about time compression and making the globe smaller. It's had positive effects, all the ones that we know. So we're much less likely to have the kind of terrible misunderstandings that led to World War I, for example.

People are surprised to find out that an awful lot of people think that they're idiots.

There?s enormous opportunity to mine the information we have for financial gain and those would be examples of evil. I thought they weren?t really serious about it . . . [but] as I was learning the business, someone made a proposal that involved using some of the advertising information in some way that was iffy and Larry or Sergey [got] very rough: ?No, that?s completely counter to our principles, there?s no way to do this, it?s completely unacceptable.? This had been a perfectly calm meeting. I go, ?Wow.? And this is one of those changes which would?ve magnified revenue. I thought, ?These guys are really serious.

You have to fight for your privacy or you lose it.

Google is more than a business. Google is a belief system. And we believe passionately in the open Internet model.

If you think about the history of the PC industry, the PC industry has essentially been nothing but acquisitions by one company or another. Dell is the outlier. Dell built its own culture. They automated themselves to be the most efficient manufacturer.

People assume that computers will do everything that humans do. Not good. People are different from each other and they are all really different from computers.

There's a set of people who are intrinsic oppositionists to everything Google does.

Your car should drive itself. It's amazing to me that we let humans drive cars... It's a bug that cars were invented before computers.

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.

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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