Eric Schmidt

(Eric Emerson Schmidt)

Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt
  • Born: April 27, 1955
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Executive Chairman









Quote Topics Cited
Innovation never comes from the established institutions. Miscellaneous
Interconnectivity on the Internet with all people means interconnectivity with the evil people Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Just don’t bet against the Internet. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Technology will move faster than governments, so don't legislate before you understand the consequences. Legislating & Legislative Process
The consumption of news is up, but the way people are receiving the news has changed Media, Journalism & The Press
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.'
Amazon has well passed any expectations of its ability to change distribution and marketing.
And the more broadband we can get globally, the better. It's better for the world; it's better for our advertisers; it's better for Google.
Countries that have the Internet already are not going to turn it off. And so the power of freedom, the power of ideas will spread, and it will change those societies in very dramatic ways. Power ;Freedom & Liberty
Even though Google may do very well, there will always be an alternative to what Google is doing, and people will always have the free choice... because there's no way for us to prevent them from exercising that choice. That is one of the key aspects of why the Internet has been so successful. No technologies can dominate.
Facial recognition, completely unmonitored, can be used for very bad things. It can be used for stalking, for example.
Fast learners win.
Google docs and spreadsheets don't work if you're on an airplane. But it's a technical problem that is going to get solved. Eventually you will be able to work on a plane as if you are connected and, then when you get reconnected to the Internet, your computer will just synchronize with the cloud. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Google is more than a business. Google is a belief system. And we believe passionately in the open Internet model. Business, Commerce & Finance
Google is very much a not-invented-here, build-it-ourselves culture.
Google was founded to get information to everybody. A by-product of that strategy is that we invented an advertising business which has provided great economics that allows us to build the servers, hire the employees, create value. Business, Commerce & Finance
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.
Half of Google's revenue comes from selling text-based ads that are placed near search results and are related to the topic of the search. Another half of its revenues come from licensing its search technology to companies like Yahoo. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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.
I do want to emphasize that we've seen an explosion in the use of Google Maps and Google Earth for education. The earth is a special place. It is our home and it's why we're all here. And the ability to see what's really going on the earth, the good stuff and the bad stuff, at the level that you can, is phenomenal. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time. Society ;Time
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.
I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something.
I think I could argue that the press has more impact on politics than corporations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think it's pretty clear that the Internet as a whole has not had a strong notion of identity. And identity means, 'Who am I?' Fundamentally, what Facebook has done has built a way to figure out who people are.
I think of Google as a set of overlapping things. It's a consumer platform, consumer phenomenon of which search is its fundamental activity, but there are many other things you can do than search... I think of Google as an advertising company who services the broader advertising industry in the ways that you know.
I think to some degree one of the strengths of the high tech industry is that people are actually willing to tell you things. When I went to Novell, I didn't know how to be a CEO, so I went in and I called all sorts of CEOs I knew. I called in a favor. I wanted to come by and listen to them tell me what it's like to be a CEO.
I use Google+, and I find the quality of the comments are very sophisticated because there is more trust inside of Google+ than there is inside of Twitter and Facebook, for example. Trust
I used to say that you'll have 10 IP address on your body... and it looks like that's going to happen through medical monitoring. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
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. Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. History
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.
In general in technology, if you own a platform that's valuable, you can monetize it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Money, Coins & Minting
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. Time
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.
I've come to a view that humans will continue to do what we do well, and that computers will continue to do what they do very well, and the two will coexist, but in different spaces. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Travel ;War & Peace
One of the unintended negative consequences of online advertising has been the loss of value in traditional classifieds. It's simply quicker, simply easier for an end user who's online, on a broadband connection, to look things up and to figure out what they want to buy.
People are building communities of people who use video. They're sharing them. YouTube's traffic continues to grow very quickly.
People are good at intuition, living our lives. What are computers good at? Memory. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
People are surprised to find out that an awful lot of people think that they're idiots.
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Power
Remember, when you go to YouTube, you do a search. When you go to Google, you do a search. As we get the search integrated between YouTube and Google, which we're working on, it will drive a lot of traffic into both places. So the trick, overall, is generating more searches, more uses of Google.
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?'
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.
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists.
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.'
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. Sports & Athletics
The computing world is very good at things that we are not. It is very good at memory.
The core problem is that the world is full of people who would like to take 99 per cent of the information that's on the Internet, and eliminate 1 per cent. Everyone has their own thing they don't like.
The funny thing about advertising is that it's not a zero-sum game... Historically, in the digital ad world, pie has gotten larger and it's possible for everyone to win, and it's perfectly possible that will continue to be true for quite some time. Time ;Humor
The Internet is really about highly specialized information, highly specialized targeting.
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.
The issues of wireless versus wireline gets very messy. And that's really an FCC issue, not a Google issue.
The more broadband we can get globally, the better. It's better for the world; it's better for our advertisers; it's better for Google.
The policy of America to deny visas to technically trained people in the U.S. and shipped to other countries, where they create companies that compete with America, has to be the stupidest policy of all the U.S. government policies. Government
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The thing that people seem to miss about not just Google, but also our competitors, Yahoo, eBay and so forth, is that there's an awful lot of communities that have never been served by traditional media.
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. Leaders & Leadership ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There's a set of people who are intrinsic oppositionists to everything Google does.
There's nothing that cannot be found through some search engine or on the Internet somewhere.
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. Time
Washington is an incumbent protection machine. Technology is fundamentally disruptive. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We know that Google Earth and Google Maps have had a tremendous impact on Google traffic, users, brand, adoption, and advertisers. We also know Google News, for example, which we don't monetize, has had a tremendous impact on searches and on query quality. We know those people search more. Because we've measured it.
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.
We want to make sure the thing you're looking for is on Google 100 percent of the time. Time
We weren't here to hope and hang on. We wanted to win. Hope
When the Internet publicity began, I remember being struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was, that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world.
When you use Google, do you get more than one answer? Of course you do. Well, that's a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once. We should know what you meant.
You have to fight for your privacy or you lose it.
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
YouTube's traffic continues to grow very quickly. Video is something that we think is going to be embedded everywhere. And it makes sense, from Google's perspective, to be the operator of the largest site that contains all that video.