ERIC SCHMIDT, PhD.


Early Career of Eric Schmidt

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Eric Schmidt is King.
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Eric Schmidt's life has gone down many different paths that formed him into the man he is today. Skipping his childhood and moving straight on to college, Eric has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1983, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. By 2006, Eric was chief technology officer and corporate executive officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he led the development of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming technology, and defined Sun's Internet software strategy. From Sun, Schmidt moved on to become chairman and CEO of Novell corporation.
Google, originally founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then recruited Eric Schmidt. Since coming to Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development cycle times are kept to a minimum. Along with Larry and Sergey, Eric shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations. Eric's Novell experience culminated a 20-year record of achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies. His well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE: http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html#eric.

Life at

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Google is a company that really espouses innovation and creativity. From loosely managed work teams to incredibly unique business environments, Google does all it can to foster innovation. In fact, Google's office in Zurich includes themed office rooms, comfortable yet functional conference rooms, slides and poles to go from floor to floor, etc. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaGO7XlP2EU.

Additionally, to hear more about how the employees enjoy their work and their work environment, CLICK HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R90Zs60HXms. This video is of the Google office in California and includes employee interviews concerning their views and experiences of life at Google.

In fact, Schmidt realizes that in order to foster creativity, the company must make that their employees' primary concern. "The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees' way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses - just about anything a hardworking employee might want. Let's face it: programmers want to program, they don't want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google (http://www.google.com/support/jobs/bin/static.py?page=benefits.html)

Schmidt does what he can to empower his employees. In fact, the only real managerial hand that he plays is a rough guideline as to how individual work teams are to spend their time. 70% is towards Google's core business of search and advertising, 20% toward somewhat related areas, and 10% for the left-field projects (Google Case Study - Triumvirate of Leadership). As such, "Googlers tend to be happy-go-lucky on the outside, but Type A at their core," (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0701/gallery.Google_life/3.html).

Leadership Style

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Eric Schmidt as Leader!

Schmidt is a very dynamic leader. Depending on a given situation, Schmidt can either use a democratic or autocratic style. He is autocratic in that he dictates what the company is striving for, but he is very democratic in how those goals are accomplished. For example, he dictates that 70% of group time should be spent on Google's primary business, 20% on related areas, and 10% on wholly unrelated projects.

Additionally, Schmidt is both a manager and a leader. The leader strives for innovation while the manager aims for stability. As a leader he sets the direction of the company towards creativity and innovation, but as a manager, he tries to minimize extraneous costs and inefficiency wherever possible. In fact, he was originally brought on to Google's team by founders Brin and Page in order to run the company efficiently, because they themselves knew they were not capable of efficiently running the company. Moreover, Schmidt was the man behind Google's IPO as a corporation.

Schmidt's leadership capabilities also stem from his charismatic personality. Schmidt utilizes this aspect of his personality when doing interviews, giving speeches, and when giving motivational talks. As the public face of Google, charisma is an important characterstic of his leadership ability.


Future of Google

http://www.google-stories.com/les-dossiers/en/top-10-googles-future-plans/
  • GDrive finally released! (Probability 90%)- Go for your own personal data, Gmail, phone call scripts, medical records, life history… 100% free!
  • Google Operating System now a reality (Probability 90%)- While Microsoft attempts to gain search market share by making another bid to buy search giant Yahoo, Google is releasing is Google Operating System on Linux platform, with Google Office and Google Pack pre-installed on the GoogleBook Pro. This move helps Google to dramatically increase its professional market share. Microsoft’s new OS, Surface, starts losing market share. By 2022, Google expects 50% of the OS market in the US.
  • Meet your fiancé with Google Love! (Probability 30%)- Finding the perfect match has never been so easy!
  • Phone calls are now free! (Probability 60%)- Google has developed a relatively open, mobile device platform for his GPhone. With VoIP (Gtalk), International Google Wireless Network Coverage (IGWNC), unique phone number for life (GrandCentral), you will never have to pay your cell phone bill again. The counterpart? A 5 second ad message before any call!
    Google becomes the largest communications holding company in the United States and worldwide.




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