[FoRK] NYTimes.com Article: Adding Broad Technology Skills in an Informal Setting

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Adding Broad Technology Skills in an Informal Setting

April 30, 2004


SAN FRANCISCO, April 29 - When Eric E. Schmidt arrived to
run Google in 2001, the joke in Silicon Valley was that the
company was finally going to get some "adult supervision." 

At the time, neither Sergey Brin nor Larry Page, the
company's co-founders, had much formal work experience in
the technology industry besides the work they were doing at
Google, which they started in 1998. Both were officially on
leave from Stanford University's graduate program in
computer science. 

By contrast, Mr. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, had
more than two decades of experience in the industry. He
earned his stripes working at major technology companies,
including Sun Microsystems. 

In his three years at Google, Mr. Schmidt, 49, has been
credited with helping strengthen the company's business,
bringing in financial oversight, an international sales
force and the practice of sales forecasting, among other
things. His presence, industry analysts say, has given Mr.
Page and Mr. Brin the opportunity to focus on creating
technology "that matters." The two share the role of
company president. 

"We run Google as a triumvirate," Mr. Page and Mr. Brin
wrote in the registration statement Google filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. "The
structure is unconventional, but we have worked
successfully in this way." 

Mr. Schmidt received a salary of $250,000, plus a bonus of
$301,550, in 2003 and has options on 14.8 million shares of
Google stock, with the right to buy most at 30 cents a

When the two founders selected him to run Google, Mr.
Schmidt was chief executive of Novell, a staid computer
networking company in Provo, Utah. At Novell, he led
strategic planning, management and technology development
from 1997 until 2001. Those were difficult years for
Novell, which, like many other companies in the
communications business, was pummeled by the slump in
technology spending. 

Before joining Novell, Mr. Schmidt was chief technology
officer at Sun Microsystems, where he worked for 14 years.
At Sun, he led the team that developed the popular Java
programming language. Mr. Schmidt, who holds a Ph.D. in
computer science from the University of California at
Berkeley, was also a researcher at the Palo Alto Research
Center, or PARC, the institution that helped to develop
laser printing, the graphical user interface and the

Google has attracted many former Apple Computer employees,
lured perhaps by a similarly creative and casual
atmosphere, where employees are encouraged to spend company
time on personal projects and dine on company meals
prepared by a former caterer for the Grateful Dead. Among
them are Cindy McCaffrey, Google's vice president for
corporate marketing, who worked for Apple in some of its
headiest days. 

Wayne E. Rosing, Google's vice president for engineering,
was director of engineering at the Lisa and Apple II
divisions of Apple in the 1980's, after working at Digital
Equipment and Data General. Mr. Rosing was at Sun with Mr.
Schmidt, heading the team that developed the original Java
program. He founded Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Sun's
research laboratory. Just before joining Google, Mr. Rosing
was chief technologist at the Caere Corporation, maker of
optical character recognition products, a niche market. 

A particularly strategic hire by Google is Lise Buyer, a
former investment banker who joined the company as director
of business optimization last April. Ms. Buyer made a name
for herself in the 1990's tracking Internet stocks for
Credit Suisse First Boston, one of the two investment banks
that Google has selected to lead the initial public
offering. Before joining Google, Ms. Buyer was a partner in
a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Technology Partners.



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