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In a new interview, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt complimented the job Steve Jobs did as Apple's chief executive, and said he considers himself a "very proud" former member of Apple's board of directors [updated].

Schmidt's comments came during a question-and-answer session with Salesforce.com Chief Executive Marc Benioff. Schmidt stepped down from the Apple board in 2009, as Google continued to encroach on Apple's businesses with Android and Chrome OS.

Updated: The original Bloomberg story contained a misquote and was later updated to fix the error. AppleInsider has updated its story accordingly.

"I was on the board until I couldn't stay on the board anymore," Schmidt reportedly said.

Once close partners, Apple and Google have become fierce rivals since devices running the Google Android mobile operating system began competing with Apple's iPhone.

"We did not enter the search business; they entered the phone business," Jobs allegedly said of Google during a company meeting in 2010. "Make no mistake, Google wants to kill the iPhone. We won't let them."

The Google chairman of Google also offered praise about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who recently resigned as CEO.



"It's certainly the best performance of a CEO in 50 years," Schmidt reportedly said. "We've all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple."

Earlier this year, Schmidt was replaced as Google CEO by Larry Page, one of the founders of the search giant. Schmidt now serves as the company's executive chairman, handling deals, partnerships, customers, business relationships, and government outreach.
post #2 of 98
"I was on the board until I couldn't stand the board anymore."
"We've all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple."

No kidding! What a jerk.
post #3 of 98
Clearly, what he couldn't stand was being surrounded by so many great ideas and yet not be able to claim them as his own. If he didn't look like such a weasel, you could call him a douche but I think douche is too cool of a term when used to describe this dork.
post #4 of 98
"I was on the board until.... I'd stolen all the info I needed to help us transform Android into an iPhone copycat!..." (allegedly)

Tosser!
post #5 of 98
Makes sense. The changing relationship between Google and Apple forced Schmidt to be excused from an increasing number of discussions due to conflict of interest. Now that the iPhone generates well over half of Apple's revenue, he probably would have been asked to step away from a large percentage of board discussions about Apple's business strategy, as well as the iPad, Apple TV, and perhaps the entire iTunes Store/iCloud ecosystem.
post #6 of 98
This story is 100% incorrect.

The ORIGINAL headline said "stand" (I think it was AP).

They corrected it to say something like, "I stayed on the board as long as I could until I couldn't stay anymore."

He went on to praise his time on the Apple board and it was clear that he "left" for competitive reasons and not because he "couldn't stand" being on Apple's board.
post #7 of 98
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"I was on the board until I couldn't stand the board anymore," Schmidt said, according to Bloomberg.

or until they kicked you out.

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"It's certainly the best performance of a CEO in 50 years," Schmidt reportedly said. "We've all benefitted from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple."

It's good to be honest, isn't it?

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They corrected it to say something like, "I stayed on the board as long as I could until I couldn't stay anymore."

This more like it. It suit a weasel character like Eric more.
post #8 of 98
What a smarmy, creepy, ferret-faced little man. Too much sand kicked in his face for too many years on too many beaches. Would any of you parents let THIS man babysit your children? Trust is everything. Betrayal is unforgivable. May he endure the rest of eternity in one of Satan's mouths alongside Brutus, Cassius, and Judas. (A Dantean allusion.)
post #9 of 98
be so happy if i never have to see or hear this douche ever again.
post #10 of 98
really? the guy is a saint. He used privileged information to stab Apple and make google buy android and invest in the mobile arena and then transformed android in an iOS ripoff. Not to mention GoogleTV. What a saint.
post #11 of 98
Apple is no place for wimps. Schmidt is the equivalent of being picked last in gym class.
post #12 of 98
Who the .... does he think he is?

(Surely he is Google's Balmer, or is that unfair on MS's chief?)

EDIT - So, perhaps he was misquoted.
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post #13 of 98
Eric Schmidt is one of the creepiest people in American business. Google moved up a notch beyond scum once he was no longer the CEO.
post #14 of 98
I notice that he was happy to take Apple's money.

Not to mention their ideas.
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post #15 of 98
There sure are a lot of sandy vaginas on AI today.
post #16 of 98
He could "stand" it just long enough to get insider Apple product information and take it to Google. Stay classy, Schmidt or should I say Schmuck!
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There sure are a lot of sandy vaginas on AI today.

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really? the guy is a saint. He used privileged information to stab Apple and make google buy android and invest in the mobile arena and then transformed android in an iOS ripoff. Not to mention GoogleTV. What a saint.

Android was purchased in 2005. Apple changed the mobile landscape and ALL competitors had to shift focus to even cobsider competition with Apple. If Android hadn't transformed from hideous to...well. less hideous and more touch friendly Android wouldn't have survived.

If you honestly believe that Schmidt stole information from Apple and somehow got away Scott free you are mistaken. Apple is far too proud for that. And if that is proven to be the case then he deserves whatever legal ramifications there are.

but do far nothing beyond speculation from Apple fans supports this claim.

I'm willing to bet it's not true. You?
post #18 of 98
If he had actually said he couldn't stand the Apple board it would be pretty low IMO. But he didn't. If you listen to the actual interview he never said that.

At least the San Francisco paper that made the erroneous quote the headline has now corrected it.

Amazing how a one word error in a headline can change the entire meaning.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...QQ2V22731A.DTL
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There sure are a lot of sandy vaginas on AI today.

Just trying to picture that!
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There sure are a lot of sandy vaginas on AI today.

Sandy Vagina... wasn't she in an old James Bond movie?
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post #21 of 98
I will admit that I had some of the same prejudices against Schmidt being voiced on these comments going into the Salesforce.com keynote where this statement was made.

However, he most definitely said STAY on the board and not STAND.

He had nothing but good things to say Steve Jobs, Apple, and Apple's products.

He was not so kind to Steve Balmer and Sarah Palin.

I definitely left the keynote with a lot more respect for him than when I went in.
post #22 of 98
E tu, Schmidt?
post #23 of 98
Is it me or is there a lot of mud slinging coming from Google as of late?
post #24 of 98
Perhaps the board couldn't stand you, Eric "The Mole" Schmidt, for blatantly stealing all of Apple's best ideas and copying them at Google. You're lucky Apple just kicked you off the board, instead of suing your a** to the moon and back.
post #25 of 98
HE SAID STAY NOT STAND

don't get your collective panties in a bunch
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Sandy Vagina... wasn't she in an old James Bond movie?

lol I can picture Connery saying that.
post #27 of 98
Okay, everybody here loves an excuse to rip Eric Schmidt a new one, but there's really no excuse for this post being up for an hour without being corrected/retracted, now that at least two commenters have pointed out that it's totally inaccurate.
post #28 of 98
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I will admit that I had some of the same prejudices against Schmidt being voiced on these comments going into the Salesforce.com keynote where this statement was made.

However, he most definitely said STAY on the board and not STAND.

He had nothing but good things to say Steve Jobs, Apple, and Apple's products.

He was not so kind to Steve Balmer and Sarah Palin.

I definitely left the keynote with a lot more respect for him than when I went in.

Thanks for the clarification.
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post #29 of 98
He can join the ranks of the Apple back stabbers. You'll find Bill Gates there too.
post #30 of 98
Of course it is "stay" and not "stand", but lets see who wrote the article...

Ah... Slash Lane... A pseudoname for DED.

This is again a total distortion of the truth by DED. Either he couldn't do two minutes of research like other readers of this site have done, or he is going on spreading misinformation purposefully as he almost always does.
post #31 of 98
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Of course it is "stay" and not "stand", but lets see who wrote the article...

Ah... Slash Lane... A pseudoname for DED.

This is again a total distortion of the truth by DED. Either he couldn't do two minutes of research like other readers of this site have done, or he is going on spreading misinformation purposefully as he almost always does.

Bloomberg had it as 'stand"... but even they pulled it and changed the focus of the story completely.
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post #32 of 98
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This story is 100% incorrect.

The ORIGINAL headline said "stand" (I think it was AP).

They corrected it to say something like, "I stayed on the board as long as I could until I couldn't stay anymore."

He went on to praise his time on the Apple board and it was clear that he "left" for competitive reasons and not because he "couldn't stand" being on Apple's board.

Your version does make more sense. Thanks.
post #33 of 98
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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a new interview that he stayed on the Apple Board of Directors until he "couldn't stand the board anymore."

Okay.

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I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple," Schmidt said.

Huh?

This kind of doublespeak makes my head spin. How about yours?

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post #34 of 98
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Makes sense. The changing relationship between Google and Apple forced Schmidt to be excused from an increasing number of discussions due to conflict of interest.

yep, at least part of what he likely couldn't stand was the Board constantly not trusting him and asking him to be barred from practically everything.

That said, I don't believe the wording that suggests that Schmidt agreed to being kicked. I think that the whole 'mutual agreement' is PR spin for "We kicked him off due to a strong conflict of interest and he was smart enough not to try to dispute it"

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post #35 of 98
He was proud of serving on the Board that he served on until he couldn't stand serving on the board that he is proud of serving on ... What ??!!

Without wishing to seem too childish, I'm pretty sure the Apple Board was sick of him first :P
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If he had actually said he couldn't stand the Apple board it would be pretty low IMO. But he didn't. If you listen to the actual interview he never said that.

At least the San Francisco paper that made the erroneous quote the headline has now corrected it.

Amazing how a one word error in a headline can change the entire meaning.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...QQ2V22731A.DTL

That makes a hell of a lot of difference -- my first reaction was he was a two faced douche bag. Just goes to show it is worth double checking a so called quote for validity before slinging mud back. I know I was cocked and ready till I read that it was an error.

All in all, I think Eric definitely got the best end of being on the board. Nice chunk of change, hanging with his buddy Steve. Getting a peek at the latest and greatest ahead of time.

I think the board probably should have cut ties with him much sooner because once you are privy to some info you can't hardly ignore -- as they say 'you can't un-ring a bell'.
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yep, at least part of what he likely couldn't stand was the Board constantly not trusting him and asking him to be barred from practically everything.

That said, I don't believe the wording that suggests that Schmidt agreed to being kicked. I think that the whole 'mutual agreement' is PR spin for "We kicked him off due to a strong conflict of interest and he was smart enough not to try to dispute it"

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He was proud of serving on the Board that he served on until he couldn't stand serving on the board that he is proud of serving on ... What ??!!

Without wishing to seem too childish, I'm pretty sure the Apple Board was sick of him first :P

read the comments in the thread. he said "he stayed until he couldn't stay on the board anymore."

it was a positive interview about Apple and the board.
post #38 of 98
This is all too funny!
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post #39 of 98
Eric Schmidt said in a new interview that he stayed on the Apple Board of Directors until he "could steal something awesome"

I WILL FOREVER KNOW, that the ONLY reason HTC, Motorola, Samsung and other iPhone Copy-Cats, even have a modern Smartphone/Computer on your Cellphone product, is:

BECAUSE ERIC SCHMIDT sat on the Apple Board when, in BOARD ROOM CONFIDENCE, plans for the Original iPhone release of 2007, were discussed.

That DICK ran back to Google and told Larry Page and Sergey Brin
that Google needed to change their Android OS development from the shit that it was,
http://obamapacman.com/2011/08/andro...t-windows-1-0/
into a modern Touch User Interface
because this Apple INVENTION (Yes, the Original iPhone Invention, created the "modern" Smartphone Industry. RIM and Palm had a different vision, and now proven, dying vision), was going to be HUGE !!!!!!

If Eric Schmidt did not sit in, on those PRIVATE board meetings, the 5 year head start Apple had, would have been more like an 8 or 9 year head start.

FACT !!!!
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