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Eric Schmidt Out, Larry Page In As Google CEO

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the as-if-you-care dept.

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jfruhlinger writes "Google surprised just about everybody at its earnings call by announcing that Eric Schmidt, who had served as company CEO for more than a decade, would be stepping down and that cofounder Larry Page would take over. Schmidt will stay on as chairman and provide 'technology thought leadership,' whatever that is. When Schmidt, an old Sun hand, joined Google in 2001, it was seen as a move to turn the scrappy upstart into a mature company; now on his Twitter feed Schmidt proclaims that his 'adult supervision' is no longer needed."

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Well, I guess we can say... (4, Funny)

teh31337one (1590023) | more than 2 years ago | (#34945902)

Schmidt Happens

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946154)

Schmidt Happens

It's just another Page in amongst the ranks of Google's history.

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946390)

I expectorated you'd say that. Tough Schmidt, the Page has turned.

I hear that after the success of The Social Network, they are making a movie about Google called "Crazy Larry and Dirty Brin".

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34946950)

Microsoft and Apple got "The Pirates of Silicon Valley", that facebook asshole got "The Social Network", but those sucked ass. What I'm looking forward to is the adaptation of the Slashdot story. With Clint Eastwood as CmdrTaco, Jeff Goldblum as Anonymous Coward, and with the cinematographic expertise of Uwe Boll, it is sure to be a hit!
Maybe if it is, they'll make one of 4chan or Twitter!

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947342)

Maybe if it is, they'll make one of 4chan

Do Not Want!

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947400)

Maybe if it is, they'll make one of 4chan

The Antisocial Network.

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947076)

Schmidt Happens

You're so clever! Maybe Google should offer you a job...

Re:Well, I guess we can say... (1)

teh31337one (1590023) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947276)

meh. Was thinking of applying for an internship over the summer, but going to develop some apps instead.

Freaked out for a second (2)

kenrblan (1388237) | more than 2 years ago | (#34945926)

I briefly confused Larry Page with Larry Ellison. Whew. That would be terrible.

Re:Freaked out for a second (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 2 years ago | (#34945998)

I briefly confused Larry Page with Larry Ellison. Whew. That would be terrible.

How could you confuse a rock and roll guitar legend with a diminutive, bombastic sci-fi writer?

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946076)

The same way you confuse the two MJ's, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. ... Oh, and before you ask, no, I don't know HOW that happens, but I've seen it happen.

Re:Freaked out for a second (5, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946160)

Jagger is the darker-skinned one with the wider nose.

Re:Freaked out for a second (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946224)

Jagger is the mediocre (at best) singer who is a front man for a mediocre (at best) band with a really plain, unexceptional sound that sells well and has great popular appeal because its mediocrity appeals to the lowest common denominator.

Fuck the idea that music should be deep, introspective, artistic, inspiring, etc ... this is business.

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946364)

True, Jagger's voice and the band's technical precision are at about the level of a just-formed garage band, but Jagger is a good songwriter and absolutely brilliant at marketing. (He attended the London School of Economics.)

Re:Freaked out for a second (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946420)

I wish I had mod points. +5 billion for in-fucking-sightful!!!!!!

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

Raenex (947668) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947058)

unexceptional sound that sells well and has great popular appeal because its mediocrity appeals to the lowest common denominator

I've not really a big Rolling Stones fan, but Paint It Black, Under My Thumb, Mother's Little Helper, and even Satisfaction are some outstanding songs off the top of my head. All of those songs are more interesting than the average love song from the time.

Most bands don't even have one great song in them.

Re:Freaked out for a second (2)

CFTM (513264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947174)

I suppose it depends on the generation you grew up in, to me MJ will always be Michael Jordan...

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946108)

I think you all are thinking of JIMMY Page (Led Zeppelin).

Re:Freaked out for a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946234)

That was the joke.

Re:Freaked out for a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946400)

**whoosh**
Just so you aren't confused on this one too, that's the sound of the joke going over your head.

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946184)

I used to get Mick Jagger confused with Steve Tyler since they both have abnormally massive mouths. Try being a kid watching the movie Freejack and knowing if that dude is Mick Lips or AeroLips

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946244)

thankfully, these days children are not exposed to such horrible movies as Freejack.

But hey, it was the height of Mick's acting career.

Re:Freaked out for a second (1)

arndawg (1468629) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946018)

I did as well. Do no evil, Larry Ellison edition...

Re:Freaked out for a second (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946148)

I did as well. Do no evil, Larry Ellison edition...

You misspelled know.

Re:Freaked out for a second (4, Funny)

nathana (2525) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946210)

I did as well. Do no evil, Larry Ellison edition...

You misspelled know.

You misspelled "now."

Something out of Buckaroo Banzai (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946402)

I thought Larry Wall. What's with all these computer folks named Larry? It reminds me of Buckaroo Banzai , where all the aliens are named John: John Whorfin, John Yaya, John Smallberries, and John Bigbooté . . .

I smell a similar conspiracy with aliens in the computer industry all named Larry.

Re:Freaked out for a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34946946)

I did, too. I even took it so far as to think "Fuck, is it time for those annoying fake April Fool's slashdot stories?" before realizing it's not.

Not unforeseen (3, Interesting)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 2 years ago | (#34945928)

With all the bad press from stupid shit that Schmidt has said in recent years, this isn't exactly an unforeseen turn of events. If Larry Page has been thumbing his nose at the world at large with his blatantly anti-privacy statements, he's been much more quiet about it, as I haven't heard anything to make me automatically suspicious of him.

Re:Not unforeseen (1, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946332)

I haven't heard anything to make me automatically suspicious of him.

How about, "I work for Google, where your private information is our business."

I mean, he didn't say it... but he didn't have to. It goes without saying.

Re:Not unforeseen (1)

microbee (682094) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946558)

Really? Then how come Dick Cheney didn't replace George Bush as the president?

Oh wait, maybe he did, just without the title.

Re:Not unforeseen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947088)

I've wondered if his hand smelled bad after having it up Georgie's back side for so many years.

First Jobs, now Schmidt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946032)

Ballmer next?

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (4, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946120)

I think they should keep Ballmer for the entertainment value.

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (4, Funny)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946438)

while(1){ printf("developers "); }

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946580)

It would be more Microsoft-y if you replaced printf with MessageBox.

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (1)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946680)

It would be more Microsoft-y if you replaced printf with MessageBox.

lol...i'll go you one better with AfxMessageBox ;)

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (3, Insightful)

oatworm (969674) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946730)

Oh, so...

While 1
MsgBox "Developers!", vbExclamation, "Developers!"
Wend

That a little more Microsofty?

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947626)

Oh, so...
  That a little more Microsofty?

May I remind you that you are posting on slashdot? The correct syntax is Micro$ofty (or, if you want to use ticker symbols, M$FTY would also do).

Re:First Jobs, now Schmidt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947656)

Missing
On Error Resume Next

"Adult supervision no longer needed" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946040)

So once again, we have a major differentiating point between Google and the Boy Scouts.

Beginning of the end? (5, Insightful)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946044)

He says he doesn't need "adult supervision" anymore? Well the child is the worst to judge these things.

If Schmidt is such a good CEO, why change the setup? Page just thinks he'd be a better CEO because it is human nature to believe such things. I think this is an ego driven move and it could turn out very badly. At least they are keeping Schmidt on in a high level role.

Re:Beginning of the end? (4, Interesting)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946202)

Perhaps because Google has been playing catch-up for too long, and Schmidt's strategy has been too caution, too safe, too corporate. There have been a lot of failures and disappointments coming out of the Googleplex recently, and Google needs to recover some of the optimism and energy of its earlier years. Morale is rather low; a lot of their best researchers have left. The "always in beta" aspect doesn't work anymore, because it contradicts their "the cloud is ready for primetime" narrative.

A big change was needed. I'm just surprised they did it.

Re:Beginning of the end? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34946812)

Morale is rather low.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yes, we're all quite sad about our 10% raises, the $1000 cash, the new android phones, and the Google TV devices we were given for Christmas.

Re:Beginning of the end? (5, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947064)

Those are the steps of a business trying to improve morale, not the steps of a business with high morale.

Re:Beginning of the end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947664)

To be fair, that's a hell of a lot better than most places' attempts. A couple of free drinks at a company party is about the most I've seen.

Re:Beginning of the end? (5, Insightful)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946316)

The probably dropped him as CEO because he just comes off as creepy and not giving a damn about privacy; and this from the CEO of a company that's collecting information about everything and everyone. His insights and abilities are probably appreciated, but when he's in front of a camera he ends up saying something stupid that makes Google look evil. Here's an example from the WSJ. [wsj.com] Here's another from the Atlantic. [theatlantic.com] The crap he says makes him sound like someone who's Google's enemy and trying to scaremonger the public.

Re:Beginning of the end? (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946624)

The probably dropped him as CEO because he just comes off as creepy and not giving a damn about privacy

I suspect that if that was the motivation, they wouldn't be keeping him as "executive chairman" with principal responsibility for most of the non-technical aspects of leading the company, including customer relations.

Re:Beginning of the end? (4, Informative)

farnsworth (558449) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946384)

He says he doesn't need "adult supervision" anymore? Well the child is the worst to judge these things.

No, it is Eric Schmidt who said "Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed!" It should be taken as "The founders no longer need an experienced management guy to run their company. They have matured over the last few years, and I think they'll do fine on their own."

Re:Beginning of the end? (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946614)

Offtopic, I know, but re: your sig:

There aint no pancake so thin it doesn't have two sides.

Obviously you have not had the pleasure of eating a Möbius pancake. Once you can figure out where the butter and syrup go, they are delicious.

Re:Beginning of the end? (2)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946694)

Obviously you have not had the pleasure of eating a Möbius pancake. Once you can figure out where the butter and syrup go, they are delicious.

You order them on the side, of course!

Oh wait, you make them yourself?

Re:Beginning of the end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947346)

Obviously you have not had the pleasure of eating a Möbius pancake

Damn you, now I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to figure out how to construct a pan to cook Möbius pancakes.

I'll leave it to someone else to design the Klein syrup bottle.

Re:Beginning of the end? (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946520)

If Schmidt is such a good CEO, why change the setup?

Per the release, its about streamlining; the Page-Brin-Schmidt triumvirate has been essentially co-leading the company, and will continue to do so on major decisions, but on a day-to-day basis Page will focus on "product development and technology strategy", Schmidt will focus on "on the deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership", and Brin will focus on "strategic projects, in particular working on new products."

Re:Beginning of the end? (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946754)

JWZ wrote that the beginning of the end of Netscape was when they stopped hiring people who were there because they wanted to change the world, and started hiring people who were there because they thought it was a cool place to work. I've visited Google offices a few times in the last couple of years, and everyone I've asked has told me that they're there because it's a cool place to work...

Re:Beginning of the end? (4, Interesting)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 3 years ago | (#34946948)

I interviewed there a few times (separate occasions). it IS a cool place TO BE. to work? not sure, but certainly VERY comfortable to BE.

I am quite sure its why most people are there. that and they can turn a blind eye to the fact that they are the power behind 'ad[vertising] men'. yup, just a newfangled advertising company. but its VERY cool to be on that campus, eat free lunches (gourmet, really), collect free cool phones and toys and have super company name recognition.

but how many *believe* in what they do, or the ulterior motives of the megacorp? do they realize that they help the Big Co eat away our privacy? they look the other way and plan what they'll have for lunch.

easy to understand if you've been there or even been around it.

but again, few who see what the company is really about would be behind it. if it wasn't such a comfy status-clad place, few would want to contribute to what google is actually about.

(data collection on you and targeted advertising. you think that's all noble lofty stuff? really?)

Re:Beginning of the end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947378)

I am quite sure its why most people are there. that and they can turn a blind eye to the fact that they are the power behind 'ad[vertising] men'. yup, just a newfangled advertising company.

That's backwards. The ad-men are there to finance US.

Re:Beginning of the end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947040)

I started working for Netscape, because I wanted to be part of something amazing that shifted part of humanity. It was exciting, fun, and ambitious. You felt like you were doing something. More importantly, you felt like those around you were doing something.

Then AOL/Sun/Oracle took over in the past decade and it quickly became a workplace where it was just a bunch of middle aged people working thre to pay a mortgage and afford braces for their kids. No boat rocking. No jokes. No ambition. No excitement. Someone else controlled your destiny and you just shut up and spin in your desginated cog-orbit.

Re:Beginning of the end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947190)

I have seen this statement before, so I googled it. This quote (or variants of it) show up almost exclusively on slashdot stories, and are surprisingly frequent.

Re:Beginning of the end? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947068)

Except that the guy saying that is the "adult" who was giving the supervision and hence is hopefully the best judge of these things.

Actually no, he didn't (1)

101010_or_0x2A (1001372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947436)

He said that *his* adult supervision was not required, referring to the common view that he was the "adult supervision" for the 2 kids. Not the other way round

Schmidt to take over Apple? (4, Interesting)

BitterKraut (820348) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946088)

I don't see how this could be a smart move for Google. Page and Brin may have become too big for their boots, but I suspect something else. Perhaps Schmidt will follow Steve Jobs to lead Apple.

Re:Schmidt to take over Apple? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946382)

If he wants to follow Jobs... he'll need to develop a god-complex, catch HIV, pretend it's cancer and then die of AIDS.

Re:Schmidt to take over Apple? (4, Informative)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946556)

I don't see how this could be a smart move for Google. Page and Brin may have become too big for their boots, but I suspect something else.

The official explanation seems plausible: its streamlining operations and clarifying roles and responsibilities in an organization where three people have been functionally working together as co-leaders (and, in a sense, will continue to do so.)

Perhaps Schmidt will follow Steve Jobs to lead Apple.

Staying on as "executive chairman" without being CEO and still keeping primary responsibility for most of the "business" (non-technical) operations suggest that that's not all that likely.

In other news (4, Funny)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946182)

Hours after suspension of adult supervision, new CEO Larry Page gave Android Platform to Apple in exchange for remote controlled car and a two video games.

Re:In other news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34947204)

In his defense it was a really cool remote controlled iCar.

Hopefully Schmidt's privacy ideas leave with him (5, Insightful)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946242)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/google-mocked/ [wired.com]

"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

"I think that over time, on the internet, there will be less anonymity. And I actually think that's good"

Re:Hopefully Schmidt's privacy ideas leave with hi (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946310)

Nope - he's just the only one dumb enough to publicly state them

Re:Hopefully Schmidt's privacy ideas leave with hi (5, Interesting)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947224)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/google-mocked/ [wired.com]

"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

What's more interesting is the next piece:

But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And [...] we're all subject, in the US, to the Patriot Act, and it is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.

Schmidt is telling us that Google is being served PATRIOT Act notices without breaking the law and telling us that they're being served. It's a pity everyone is hung up on the nothing-to-hide idiocy. Of course, it's little wonder we're missing the important pieces when served up ham-fisted attacks by the likes of Consumer Watchdog.

Re:Hopefully Schmidt's privacy ideas leave with hi (3, Interesting)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947542)

It's a pity everyone is hung up on the nothing-to-hide idiocy.

The reason everyone is hung up on that "idiocy" is that Schmidt is a hypocrit.

It's all right for him to tell others that they should kiss their privacy goodbye, but when his own privacy is breached in the same way, he doesn't think twice about retaliating with all of google's resources [cnn.com].

Moreover, it's a bit rich for the CEO of a search company to claim that privacy can't be respected by search engines, when he's making the rules as CEO. Corruption starts from the top, and he's responsible for a lot of bad choices Google has made towards privacy in the past and present, and that "idiocy" tidbit sums up his actions pretty well.

Summary, whatever that is (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946294)

Google surprised just about everybody at its earnings call by announcing that Eric Schmidt, who had served as company CEO for more than a decade, would be stepping down and that cofounder Larry Page would take over. Schmidt will stay on as chairman and provide 'technology thought leadership,' whatever that is.

Is this a summary (whatever that is)? Seriously, do we need your little cutesy comment "whatever that is" because he used some marketspeak? Not like none of us didn't notice it, but thanks for helping us decide what to think.

In reality Schmidt proclaims (1, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946342)

I'm rich enough now and don't feel like working.

If that were the case, he'd never have joined (4, Informative)

rsborg (111459) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946536)

I'm sure Schmidt was comfortably rich after being the CTO of Sun and the CEO of Novell.

Guys like him don't do it for the (extra) money, but because they want to be/do something important.

Re:In reality Schmidt proclaims (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946574)

I'm rich enough now and don't feel like working.

Right. Which is why he is staying on as "executive chairman" and retaining day-to-day responsibility for most of the business operations.

I wonder if this means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946358)

Google will become less creepy. Schmidt's thoughts on privacy is what's kept me away from Android and sent me running to Nokia.

Phew!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946434)

For a moment there I read Eric Schmidt Out, Larry Wall In As Google CEO

ObStarWars (2)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946468)

Schmidt: " Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!"

Page: "Zing!"

Good for him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34946482)

He's good at what he's doing. He took Google from a project run by two Harvard students in one of their mothers's garage to a multi-national, multi-billion company.

That's pretty fucking good, considering how many engineers's paycheques Google is paying.

Let him move on to another company and let him work his magic again.

technology thought leadership (1)

bitbucketeer (892710) | more than 2 years ago | (#34946494)

I'd like to get paid to sit around all day and just think about technology. I'd send Google my resume, but the technology I'd think about is over thirty years old.

So.. Then uh... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34946904)

Who is the one that FUCKED UP Youtube's Homepage? Eric or Larry?

Good (-1, Troll)

z-j-y (1056250) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947220)

Now Eric has more time to take care of his Huffington Post blog.

I mean, what's up with that? Has anybody seen Huffington Post's home page? The font size is 156 points, in CAPITAL LETTERS. It's almost like something created by a crazy menopausal woman.

Sell GOOG (4, Interesting)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947236)

Hmmmm....Maybe Schmidt sees the handwriting on the wall, like he did with the last employer he left....
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