Eric Schmidt is an investor and executive chairman of Google. The company's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, recruited Schmidt from Novell to serve as CEO from 2001-2011. At Novell, Schmidt led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO.
At Google, Schmidt focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remained high while product development cycle times were kept to a minimum.
Prior to his appointment at Novell, Schmidt 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. Before joining Sun in 1983, Schmidt 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. Sc...
Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into the role as President, Products in April 2001. After Eric Schmidt's tenure as CEO, Page stepped back into that role in 2011.
The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page built an inkjet printer out of Lego.
While in the PhD program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree.
In 2002, Page was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader f...
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Google competed with several other companies, including Overture, for the AOL deal. Though Overture offered more money because they are a public company, Google offered more ideas about additional services for AOL customers. The AOL CEO decided to make the decision that was best for the customers and went with Google, recalls co-founder Larry Page.
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