I was on the board until I couldn’t stand the board anymore.
Ex-Apple man and current Google CEO, Eric Schmidt came down clean on why he left Apple, though that’s the only thing he said on the issue, without elaborating on it.
Eric was on stage at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2011 conference with CEO Marc Benioff at San Francisco’s Moscone West center, Apple’s preferred venue for product launches. Apart from speaking of his Apple exit, he went on to appreciate Steve Jobs’ contribution to the field of technology, attracting applauds from the crowd.
What Steve has done at Apple is certainly the best performance of a CEO for over fifty years, maybe a hundred years. But not only did he do it once, he did it twice. We’ve all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple.