∞ Google's Eric Schmidt quits Apple's Board

Apple on Monday announced that one of its Board of Directors, Eric Schmidt has resigned. Schmidt, Google’s CEO, was a member of Apple’s board since August of 2006. However, there has been a lot of speculation that he may step down in the past few months as Apple and Google started to compete in more areas.

Of course, Google and Apple are now big competitors in the cell phone market with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Recently, Google also announced that it would enter the operating system market with Google Chrome OS.

“Unfortunately, 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,” said Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, in a statement. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

  • Louis G Wheeler

    I find this amusing, since Apple and Google are not competitors.

    Apple wants the top end of the consumer, graphics, creative and SMB markets. Therefore, it wants to steal market share from Microsoft, but It doesn’t care about the low end, big Business or government markets.

    Google wants to supply the bottom half of the consumer market with replacements for Microsoft Windows and MS Office. So, it must steal that market share from MS and Linux. How, again, does that hurt Apple?

    I suspect that Google and Apple will happily pushing Microsoft’s market share toward 60%.

    Even so, it’s best not to let the cat out of the bag too early, so goodbye Eric. Apple will be in touch with you in other ways.

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  • John Hogey

    Jeff G. Randall from Paul Hastings should be Apple's IP lawyer. Although unknown by the common person, he has been described as an "IP Star" and has won major cases for Ebay, Genentech, and one Apple case a while back. He is by far one of the most influential lawyers, and Apple could use a great lawyer as such to lead them to victory in the upcoming case against the Droid. Just my opinion.

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