What Eric Schmidt Really Said; Five Google Statements Translated
Google CEO Eric Schmidt discussed so many topics at an event sponsored by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications yesterday, I’m pulling quotes together from four different articles!
So, as usual, Marketing Pilgrim does the hard work, so you don’t have to.
Please let us forget "don’t be evil"
Schmidt said "Don’t be evil" is meant to provoke internal debate over what constitutes ethical corporate behavior, rather than representing an absolute moral position.
"We don’t have an ‘Evilmeter’ we can sort of apply — you know — what is good and what is evil," Schmidt said
Marissa Mayer said much the same back in April, and it appears that Google would rather we let it off the "evil" hook. It seems like "don’t be evil" was great for Google, while it was a young start-up, looking for publicity, but now it’s all grown-up, it’s clear the motto restricts Google too much. My question to Schmidt is this; why is Google so keen to step away from "don’t be evil?"
Stop calling us a "one trick pony"
Schmidt reaffirmed that the company’s primary goal is not to make money selling ads, whether it is banner ads or ads on Web searches, online video, TV and mobile phones.
"The goal of the company is not to monetize everything, the goal is to change the world … We don’t start from monetization. We start from the perspective of what problems do we have," he said
OK, I’m scratching my head on this one. I mean, seriously. Does Google really expect us to believe that the company’s primary goal is not making money? If that’s the case, why isn’t Google.org the main focus? Why not give away all of its profits to countries that need more than just personalized search? Things like water and food are a little more useful than a search engine that remembers you like Italian food.
We prefer an independent weak Yahoo
“We think an independent Yahoo is better for competition, for innovation and so forth,” Schmidt said.
…and besides, if Yahoo and Microsoft merged, the combined entity would dampen our plans to make money change the world.
I’ll spy stay on the Apple board for as long as I can
Still, Schmidt reiterated that he must occasionally be excused from Apple board meetings…"I’ve only done this once or twice, so it’s not as common as it sounds," Schmidt said.
Schmidt was asked whether the increasing competition between Apple and Google on the mobile front might ultimately prompt his resignation from Apple’s board. "It has not so far," he said.
Schmidt maintains that Google’s Android will be "quite different" from Apple’s iPhone. Still, it will be tough for Schmidt to remain on Apple’s board, once Android is nipping at iPhone’s heels.
Newspapers are great, they write the content we monetize!
…Schmidt said DoubleClick’s system for serving up online display ads could generate "significant" revenue online for newspapers. "It’s a huge moral imperative to help here," Schmidt said…
I was going to translate this one for you, but The Huffington Post nails it…
Google also has a financial incentive to bolster newspapers because the stories, pictures and other content that they distribute online creates more opportunities for the company to make money from short advertising links that appear on millions of Web pages each day.
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