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Eric Schmidt

Business, Internet, Success, Technology

Travels from California, USA

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Eric Schmidt Profile

  • One of the most influential business leaders of this century, Eric Schmidt is best known for scaling Google, building it into one of the world's most valuable and powerful companies.

  • Schmidt served as CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, overseeing major events like their 2009 purchase of YouTube and their 2004 switch to being a public company.

  • Schmidt's continuing role in Google as a technical advisor keeps him at the forefront of the rapid evolution of AI, positioning him as one of the informed authorities on the matter and how businesses across every industry can adapt to the coming changes.
  • Software engineer and business executive, Eric Schmidt is widely known for building Google into the world’s second most valuable company. A passionate advocate for harnessing technology to make a better world for all, Schmidt served as CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, overseeing major events such as the company going public in 2004 and its landmark purchase of YouTube in 2009.

    His tenure at the tech giant continued as he took the role of Executive Chairman of Google, and later Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Currently, he continues to serve on the company’s board and as a technical advisor, deeply involved with the development of AI. Much of his speaking events are focused on the latest AI research, the advances we are likely to see in the next few years, and how this technology could be used to educate people, close skill gaps, and reinvent healthcare, as well as many other industries.

    A frequent name on the list of richest individuals in the world, Schmidt previously held positions at Sun Microsystems and Novell, where he was CEO from 1997 to 2001. He has been a member of boards of several companies, most notably Apple.

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      Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessman, and the executive chairman of Google. In 2013, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 138th-richest person in the world.

      Early in Eric Schmidt’s career, Schmidt held a series of technical positions with IT companies including becoming director, vice president and general manager of Sun Microsystems in 1983 before leaving to join Google.

      Schmidt joined Google’s board of directors as chairman in March 2001, and became the company’s CEO in August 2001. At Google, Schmidt shared responsibility for Google’s daily operations with founders Page and Brin. On January 20, 2011, Google announced that Schmidt would step down as the CEO of Google but continue as the executive chairman of the company and act as an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin.

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    Books by Eric Schmidt:


    The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives

    In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about the challenges they face. Packed with fascinating ideas, informed predictions, and prescient warnings, The New Digital Age tackles some of the toughest questions about our future: how will technology change the way we approach issues like privacy and security, war and intervention, diplomacy, revolution and terrorism. And how can we best use new technologies to improve our lives? More than a book about gadgets and data, this is a prescriptive glimpse of how technology is reshaping our world and the lives of the people who live in it.

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