January 21, 2011, 11:12 AM — Tech bloggers, pundits, and critics the world over were saddened Thursday to hear that Eric Schmidt will be stepping down as Google's Chief Executive Officer. Google Founder Larry Page will now run the company's day-to-day operations, and Schmidt will retain an advisory role as executive chairman.
So why is the media sad over Schmidt's job change? No, it's not because he oversaw the company's impressive growth from $86 million in revenues in 2001 to nearly $30 billion in 2010. Nor is it because during his watch Google rose from a popular search engine to a dominant player in online video and mobile devices and is now stretching out to computers and Internet TV. The tech media is mourning the end of an era, because of Schmidt's uncanny ability to provide some of the most memorable, bizarre, and scary quotes from a sitting corporate chief.
Here's a look back at some of the best one-liners of Eric Schmidt, Google CEO 2001-2011.
In October, CNN questioned Schmidt about privacy issues relating to Google's Street View cars photographing private homes and displaying them online.
Schmidt offered this solution to safeguard the privacy of those concerned: "With Street View, we drive by exactly once, so you can just move." Schmidt later told Computerworld that he misspoke.
Google The Taskmaster
"I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions, Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal in August. "They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."