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Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

By - August 03, 2009

What a total surprise (kidding!).

In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that “as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.”

That Chrome OS was the last straw, I’d warrant. From my earlier coverage:

” At the very least, it feels like it’s time for Eric Schmidt to leave Apple’s board.”


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5 thoughts on “Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

  1. jenkins says:

    this is about Android vs. iPhone, plain and simple. They couldn’t more competitive with each other.

  2. JG says:

    But I thought Google wasn’t building a phone. Remember? Google claimed this for years?

    Android is just some open source code for other companies to make phones. Google isn’t really competing directly with Apple in the mobile business, right? So what’s the problem?

    Unless Google has been full of it from the beginning? Are they finally fessing up?

  3. Nick says:

    Your crystal ball is working just fine, John. Spill the beans, what comes next…

    Mr Jobs needs to approach you to fill in for VC? Wouldn’t we all love to be a fly on the wall at those board meetings?

  4. This sounds great to me! Just combine their apps/products that are not good on their own, spin-off ones that truly compete, continue as normal with the good ones that don’t compete.

    2. There are some “apps” or “products” that would get a lot better by consolidating into one, to become “the best of both worlds.” Hopefully.

    2. Achieve a critical mass for combined products that will make improvements economically feasible.

    3. Stop wasting customers time with redundant versions that aren’t good.

    4. More apps/products can be made to sync/integrate with each other

    5. It will accelerate the move of Apple programs to the Cloud (but still have offline versions/backups).

    6. As more Apple programs move to the Cloud, customers will benefit by being able to access them from either platform (Mac or PC)

    7. By eliminating redundancies, talented engineers and programmers will be freed up to work on something more useful.

  5. Prefabrik says:

    Genentech, a “gene-splicing” company? Sheesh, I know it’s a high-tech blog, but Genentech was pretty much the world’s first biotech company with a long history of therapeutics (none of which are related to gene therapy). They single handedly created the SF biotech community.

    This is kinda like calling Apple a peripherals company because their computers can work with peripherals.

    ex ped: Alchemist, I think you are confusing gene splicing with gene therapy. Genentech is certainly a leader in therapeutics, but I will always think of it as a gene splicing company because it was co-founded by Herb Boyer, the scientist who discovered one of the key gene-splicing techniques — a method of combining genes from bacteria with genes from eukaryotes. Genentech was launched on the strength of the synthetic insulin and growth hormone Boyer produced using those new transgenic bacteria.