Google Leaders on Innovation: ‘When You’re Trying to Achieve Big Things, You Will Sometimes Fail’

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CEOs on INNOVATION
This interview is from our CEOs on Innovation report, in the Fall 2017 issue of Innovation Leader magazine.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., has deep roots in the world of research and development: He worked at both Bell Labs and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, before becoming a senior executive at Sun Microsystems and the CEO of software maker Novell. In 2001, he became the CEO of Google, which he led until 2011.

In 2014, with former Google SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg, Schmidt published the New York Times best-seller “How Google Works.” Rosenberg serves as an outside advisor to Larry Page, the co-founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. We pinged them via Gmail—what else?—with a few questions about talent, acquisitions, failure, and moonshots.

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