Schmidt has served on Google’s government relations team.Schmidt has proposed that the easiest way to solve all of the domestic problems of the United States at once is by a stimulus program that rewards renewable energy and, over time, attempts to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.
He presided over a period of decline at Novell where its IPX protocol was being replaced by open TCP/IP products, while at the same time Microsoft was shipping free TCP/IP stacks in Windows 95, making Novell much less profitable.
In 2001, he departed after the acquisition of Cambridge Technology Partners.
The next year, a working Volkswagen Beetle was taken apart and re-assembled in his office.
In April 1997, Schmidt became the CEO and chairman of the board of Novell.
The foundation has also awarded grants to the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Energy Foundation.
The Schmidts, working with Heart Howerton, a San Francisco architectural firm that specializes in large-scale land use, have inaugurated several projects on the island of Nantucket that seek to sustain the unique character of the island and to minimize the impact of seasonal visitation on the island's core community. Schmidt offered the prize purse of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, a challenge award for the efficient capturing of crude oil from seawater motivated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
they recruited Schmidt to run their company in 2001 under the guidance of venture capitalists John Doerr and Michael Moritz.
In March 2001, Schmidt joined Google's board of directors as chairman, and became the company's CEO in August 2001.
Schmidt and his wife established the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a University of Chicago summer school program for aspiring data scientists.
The Schmidt Family Foundation's subsidiaries include Re Main Nantucket and the Marine Science and Technology Foundation; its main charitable program is the 11th Hour Project.
Schmidt responded that he preferred it be shared "verbally, since I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?