Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is the anti-Apple. He’s square where Apple is cool, he’s a sputtering doofus where Apple is collected, and he’s prone to hyperbole whereas Apple tends to undersell its products. For example, Schmidt said in 2013 that Android was more secure than the iPhone (LOL).
Given all that, who do you think Schmidt’s personal hero is? Boutros Boutros-Ghali? Shocker! Wrong. It’s Steve Jobs, naturally. Not that many of those lessons have rubbed off on him, mind you.
In a recent interview with former Google Senior VP Jonathan Rosenberg at a Silicon Valley event organized by the Commonwealth Club of California, Schmidt was quick to name his personal hero. “For me, it’s easy: Steve Jobs,” Schmidt said.
I had the privilege of knowing him, working with him, serving on the Apple Board. And when I look at what he achieved in terms of impact on society, we could all aspire to be a small percentage of Steve.
For me, that claim is laughable. But what do you think? Does Schmidt act like a man who aspires to be Steve Jobs? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks: Christian Z.