Eric Schmidt tells his inside story about his years as Google CEO

Till Zier » Eric Schmidt tells his inside story about his years as Google CEO

In an entertaining talk at Stanford University, Eric Schmidt gave an in-depth look behind the scenes of his term of office at Google. Besides funny anecdotes about mere chance, technical and organizational obstacles, HR strategies and Google’s future as Alphabet he tells several more details about his legacy and the history of one of the most influential companies in our digital age.

Chris Yeah was so kind to write down a summary of the interview. These paragraphs caught my attention:

“Great products happen when people build a product for themselves.”

“In all my issues at Google, I knew I had no idea what to do, but I knew that I had the best team ever assembled to figure out what to do.”

“The people that you hire make your culture. We’d hire people who were special in some way.”

“So we came up with a new rule — if someone is really, really smart, hire them anyway.”

“We never stop hiring engineers; properly deployed, they can always generate enormous returns above their salary.”

Source: https://medium.com/cs183c-blitzscaling-class-collection/cs183c-session-8-eric-schmidt-56c29b247998#.a23p0oyac

You can watch the full 1h 22min interview on YouTube: