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Eric Schmidt - Google "When the man talks, you listen"

Eric Schmidt - Google "When the man talks, you listen"

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Published by Maarten Schäfer
The Googleplex, Google’s famed California headquarters, is far from traditional. Inside, we see its people thrive in a highly personalized environment that allows them to be themselves within the ever-buzzing hive. Apparently, even shoes are optional! On our way we pass a gym, a pool, sand-volleyball courts, and a replica of SpaceShipOne. Within these hallowed walls great concepts like Google Earth, Gmail, Chrome and Android were created. In one of the coffee corners in the low-rise buildings, we finally run into the man that powers it all, Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask, is now purring readily at your fingertips” he jokes.
The Googleplex, Google’s famed California headquarters, is far from traditional. Inside, we see its people thrive in a highly personalized environment that allows them to be themselves within the ever-buzzing hive. Apparently, even shoes are optional! On our way we pass a gym, a pool, sand-volleyball courts, and a replica of SpaceShipOne. Within these hallowed walls great concepts like Google Earth, Gmail, Chrome and Android were created. In one of the coffee corners in the low-rise buildings, we finally run into the man that powers it all, Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask, is now purring readily at your fingertips” he jokes.

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Eric Schmidt - When the man talks, you listen Our Harley-Davidsons are running hot as we pull

up to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. With our helmets under our arms, we walk into the reception area. “We’re here to meet the big boss” I say in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger interpretation. The Googleplex, Google’s famed California headquarters, is far from traditional. Inside, we see its people thrive in a highly personalized environment that allows them to be themselves within the ever-buzzing hive. Apparently, even shoes are optional! On our way we pass a gym, a pool, sand-volleyball courts, and a replica of SpaceShipOne. Within these hallowed walls great concepts like Google Earth, Gmail, Chrome and Android were created. In one of the coffee corners in the low-rise buildings, we finally run into the man that powers it all, Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask, is now purring readily at your fingertips” he jokes. “It is all about context. You really want to go from syntax to semantics, from what you typed to what you meant”, he elaborates.

Google Green Anouk explains that we’re looking for People, Planet, Profit stories. “We can see you take good care of your people, we know you make profit, but what about the planet?” she asks. Eric smiles, “You want to talk about Google Green”, he says. “A huge pool of solar panels has been fueling about 30 percent of the Googleplex since 2007”. “And the power of the sun is just one of many sustainable initiatives within Google Green”, he continues. “We of course use energy but compensate accordingly, efficiently and definitively, our data centers have been tuned to use 50 percent less energy than most known facilities”. He pauses for a moment giving me the opportunity to ask another question. “On the parking lot where we parked our Harleys we saw a lot of biodiesel shuttles, where are they being used for?” Eric finishes his espresso. “At Googleplex cafeterias we strive to source locallygrown food” he says pointing at the counter behind him “compost organic waste, and recycle”. I look at the counter, back at Eric and repeat my question “And the biodiesel shuttles? - I was warned that Eric likes to stay in control of the conversation ‘When Eric Schmidt talks, you listen.’ - “The shuttles on the parking lot?” I try again. Eric looks at me as if I was disturbing him while putting. “Oh, the shuttles” he exclaims while pushing his glasses higher up his nose. “We use the hybrid shuttles to bring our Googlers back and fort to San Francisco every day, avoiding them traffic stress. Giving them some time to relax”. “Or to work… the shuttles a equipped with high speed internet access of course”. “Of course”, I repeat. “We do not stop caring at our front door”, Eric says while raising a finger. “Google wind farms in North Dakota for instance, now generate enough megawatts to power 55,000 homes.” Eric is back on track and I will not disturb him with a question about the colored bikes on the campus. “These farms have garnered enough trust to develop a project to build a transmission backbone off the mid-Atlantic coast to accelerate offshore wind development.” “The potential? Connecting 6,000MW of wind, enough to serve 1.9 million households.” Eric paused and looks at us for a reaction. “Wow” I say ……..“And what about the colored bikes on the campus?”

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