On GMail’s 10th anniversary, we take a look back at some of the most memorable quotes from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Tech CEO’s are renowned for being corporate, calm professionals (a certain Mr Ballmer notwithstanding). Yet during his reign from 2001-2011, Google’s Eric Schmidt was a welcome change to the buzzword-spewing executives currently seen. Now Google executive chairman, Schimdt has continued to be a great source of quotes, with ten of his best below.
"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."
This August 2010 quote came as part of a warning from Schmidt concerning the amount of data we share online, suggesting that some people may even have to go as far as changing their identities to avoid an embarrassing online past.
"When I showed up, I thought this was the stupidest rule ever, because there’s no book about evil except maybe, you know, the Bible or something."
Relating to Google’s famous ‘Don’t be evil’ slogan, Schmidt dropped this bombshell in an interview with radio station NPR in May 2013. The mantra was developed by company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and apparently means that employees can veto any projects or work they think is evil.
"There were 5 Exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days."
One of Schmidt’s most contentious quotes, uttered at Google’s 2010Atmosphere convention, this garnered a lot of opposition from many industry commentators, with one labeling it ‘a load of crap’. It did, however, highlight both Google and Schmidt’s desire to be a significant player in the technology industry in its early days.