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Eric Schmidt

The co-founder of Schmidt Futures, Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, and served as executive chair of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. He was CEO of Novell and, before that, a longtime executive at Sun Microsystems.

“You have to always start with the premise that there’s a reason why people are here, and you better validate it.”

— Eric Schmidt
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Three legendary culture-setters come together live at Masters of Scale Summit. In the first episode from this sold-out event, Angela Ahrendts, Dara Khosrowshahi, and Eric Schmidt reveal how they’ve built and rebuilt great cultures at Apple, Uber, Google and more. With host Bob Safian, they deliver surprising stories, counterintuitive anti-lessons, and live-show energy from the stage of San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre.

Eric Schmidt, guest
June 7, 2017

Google doesn’t tell its employees how to innovate; it manages their inventive chaos. Their secret? Mix free-flowing ideas with disciplined decision-making. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google since 2001 and now chair of parent company Alphabet, shares the decision he made to support a crazy idea that he was certain would bankrupt the company.

Eric Schmidt, guest
November 11, 2021

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, breaks down his insights on artificial intelligence. The co-author of “The Age of AI: And Our Human Future,” alongside Dr. Henry Kissinger and MIT’s Daniel Huttenlocher, says we’re entering an unknown era – one that requires vigilance. His advice to business: You need to be running as fast as you can toward AI applications. If your competitor gets there first, you’ll be in trouble. AI, he says, will change business, society, humanity itself.

Eric Schmidt, guest
September 15, 2020

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and current lead at Schmidt Futures, shares a clear-eyed, and priorizied, roadmap for moving toward a healthy, just, and economically vibrant post-pandemic world.

Eric Schmidt, cameo
February 13, 2020

The secret to massive scale? Be a platform. Build a virtuous cycle where everyone wins, and you’ll emerge the biggest winner of all. This is what Tobi Lütke did when he built Shopify – and then opened it up to the world.