Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Eric served as Google's CEO and Chairman, where he pioneered Google's transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. In addition, he served as the Technical Advisor to Alphabet, the holding company of Google, advising its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Eric is the co-author of The Age of AI: And Our Human Future, Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell, How Google Works, and The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. He has been honored with numerous accolades and supports a variety of esteemed organizations. In 2020, he launched a podcast, “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt,” a series of conversations with leaders in government, business, science and technology to explore how society can solve current challenges and build a brighter future after the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Sun, he was involved in the development of the Java programming language.
Eric co-founded Schmidt Futures which bets early on exceptional people making the world better.
The Schmidt Family Foundation focuses on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education.
He and his wife declared a new $1B philanthropic commitment to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the globe.
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
2006 National Academy of Engineering
2007 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2017 Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
MIT Visiting Innovation Fellow
MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Advisory Council
Trustee, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
Chairman, The Broad Institute Board of Directors
Member, Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees