Eric Schmidt

software engineer, businessman, former Google CEO

Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an engineer, a former member of the board of directors of Apple Inc., and current executive chairman of Google.

Eric Schmidt in 2011


  • If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
  • I fundamentally believe that disinformation becomes so easy to generate, because complexity overwhelms knowledge, that it's in people's interests, if you will, over the next decade, to build disinformation-generating systems. This is true for corporations, for marketing, for governments, and so forth." (Eric Schmidt in dialogue with Julian Assange, June 2011 c.f When Google Met Wikileaks, p. 174)
  • Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working so hard to distribute Android phones globally that whether you like [Android 4.0] or not … you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first.
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