Saturday, March 27, 2010

Eric Schmidt deserves a mention

I don’t know how this slipped through the net, but had always assumed that when Eric Schmidt took over the reigns from Sergey Brin and Larry Page that Google had lost some of its engineering roots and that the money men had taken over.

Which made it all the more impressive that it somehow managed to maintain its bewildering rate of technical progress (and prowess). I have a pet theory that tech companies run by techies do better than those run by accountants (although you do need an accountant – I’m not suggesting you don’t), which Schmidt seemed to contravene.

Turns out he’s head of the nerd-herd – co-author of a popular UNIX program called lex, and ex-CTO of Sun, so he’s the real deal. He’s also a pioneer of the 70:20:10 time management model, hence the 10% time.

Eric Schmidt, I did you a disservice, and I apologise.

(Oh, and if you run a company that makes / sells software, and you can’t read code, go buy a book. At least look like you’re making the effort.)

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