Quotes From Eric Schmidt | American Software Engineer & Businessman

* This is a compilation of quotes sourced from the internet.

Eric Emerson Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessman, as well as the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. In 2013, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 138th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $9.1 billion. As an intern at Bell Labs, Schmidt did a complete re-write of Lex, a program to generate lexical analyses for the Unix computer operating system From 1997 to 2001, he was chief executive officer of Novell. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the CEO of Google. He served on various other boards in academia and industry, such as the boards of trustees for both Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University.

On Humanity | The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.

On The Rise Of Google | The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day.


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On Enterprise |
We used to think that the enterprise was the hardest customer to satisfy, but we were wrong. It turns out, consumers are harder than the enterprise because the consumer will not give you a second chance.

On Wanting A Safer World | I’ve never met a person who does not want a safer world, better medical care and education for their children, and peace with their neighbours. I just don’t meet those people. What I meet, over and over again, as I travel around, is that the essential human condition is optimistic – in every one of these places.

On Cars And Computers | 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.

On The Principals I live By | 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.

The Difference Between A Coach And A Player| The coach doesn’t have to play the sport as well as you do. They have to watch you and get you to be your best.

eric-schmidt-googleOn High Tech Business | There is a science to managing high tech businesses, and it needs to be respected. One of them is that in technology businesses, leadership is temporary. It’s constantly recycling. So the asset has limited lifetime.

On The History Of Technology | 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.

The Characteristic Of Great Innovators And Great Companies | The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, I must have it.

On The Importance Of Reading Books | I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something.

On Google A Belief System | Google is more than a business. Google is a belief system. And we believe passionately in the open Internet model.

On Promoting The Values Of Free Expression | 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.

On The Advantages Of The Internet | There’s nothing that cannot be found through some search engine or on the Internet somewhere.

eric-schmidts-quotes-4On YouTube The Killer App | 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.

On The Secret Of Google | In our case, we focus on quality, and we have a very simple model. If we show fewer ads that are more targeted, those ads are worth more. So we’re in this strange situation where we show a smaller number of ads and we make more money because we show better ads. And that’s the secret of Google.

On The Internet | The Internet is really about highly specialized information, highly specialized targeting.