5 Books Eric Schmidt Thinks You Should Read

From Google to your nightstand

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Often known as the “Google guy,” Eric Schmidt has made a name for himself in business and tech for his entrepreneurship and overseeing a vast expansion of Google’s activities. He served as the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015 and executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017. 

Aside from now working as technical adviser, Schmidt has released three books over five years, all exploring the fundamentals of success in Silicon Valley and the new digital age. In a 2011 interview with The Atlantic, Schmidt said that he mostly consumes magazine subscriptions and Google News, of course. When it comes to books, he’s big on non-fiction and he also reads The New York Times and Wall Street Journal every day. We’ve put together a list of thought-provoking and informative books that Schmidt has recommended in the past.

'Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)' by Chade-Meng Tan

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Chade-Meng Tan, the man behind Search Inside Yourself, worked as an early engineer at Google before becoming a best-selling author. Tan’s book explores mindfulness and emotional intelligence in the workplace and at home. His proven method is used at Google to teach employees mindful techniques that they can use on the job, creating a positive work environment for the company’s staff. It’s no surprise that Schmidt himself is a fan of this read, as he has a personal connection to it.


'Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow' by Chip Conley

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Peak dives into how to do business better and how companies should build great relationships with employees, customers and investors. Written by entrepreneurial hotelier Chip Conley, the guide has shown success with top companies like Apple, Facebook and Airbnb in creating greater loyalty and differentiation with their key stakeholders. Peak’s message is right up the alley of a CEO of a world-leading company like Google.


'Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion' by Gary Vaynerchuk

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Written by our CEO himself, Crush It! digs into how to make use of the internet to turn your hobbies and interests into a successful business. Vaynerchuk gives his personal testimony as an entrepreneur who used social media to brand himself and rise to the top of the business food chain. This step-by-step guide is a must for anyone looking to start a company or take on the responsibility of growing one, while also increasing their public image.


'The Happiness Hypothesis' by Jonathan Haidt


In The Happiness Hypothesis, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt takes a look at ten of the world’s most common ideas and how they apply to modern civilization. The book gives the reader a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims, all while examining how they can transform and improve our lives. This book makes it evident that happiness is a choice and indeed achievable.


'I Love You More Than My Dog' by Jeanne Bliss

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In I Love You More Than My Dog, Jeanne Bliss talks about the five ways companies can build trust and win over customers. Working as a senior customer executive for five major companies, Bliss has learned the ins and outs of company devotion that a fancy marketing firm cannot supply. With the five key decisions offered in this guide, readers will learn how to sustain growth and profit even during the toughest of times, a trait Google is known for dominating.

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