Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Don't be evil" - Larry Page & Sergey Brin

"We have a mantra. Don't be evil - which is to do the best things we know for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So, I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing."
- Larry Page

Two Stanford University Ph.D. students laid the foundation of the most powerful search engine known as Google in 1996. It all started as a research project. This project was nicknamed as "BackRub". Lawrence Edward Larry Page's work on this project began in January 1996. He was soon joined by his close friend Sergey Mikhailovich Brin who was also a Stanford Ph.D. student. The Google Search Engine is based on PageRank. Page and Brin believed that such a search engine would produce better results. The previous search engines ranked results on the basis of how many times a search item appeared on a page. Now Google is not only a search engine company, but it is also a vast advertising network. The word Google originated from 'Googol'. Googol is a numerical value.
1 googol = 10100.
Page and Brin later founded Google, Inc. in 1998.

Larry Page is one of those great people who love invention. He had a great interest in technology and business from a very early age. During his college days, he created an inkjet printer using 'Lego' bricks and was also a member of the solar car team.

Larry Page

Sergey Brin once said about Page in an interview - "We're both kind of obnoxious". Initially they both used to disagree on most subjects. But as they spent time together, they became very good friends. Developing data mining systems had always been Brin's primary focus whereas Page was interested in extending the concept of inferring the importance of a research paper from it's citations in other papers.

Sergey Brin

Page and Brin were the co-president of Google until 2001 when Eric Schmidt was hired as Chairman and CEO of Google. Page had an equity of $16.6 Billion as per the 2007 edition of Forbes. As a result, he and Brin were placed at rank 26 and 32 respectively on Forbes's list of the richest persons in the world. He was also ranked 1 on the list of 50 most important people on the web in 2007 by PC World along with Brin.

Brin and Page are the executive producers of the 2009 film, Broken Arrows. They both were named "Persons of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight in 2004.

In 2003, both of them received an honorary MBA from IE Business School for embodying the entrepreneurial spirit and lending momentum to the creation of new businesses. They also received the Marconi Foundation Prize, the 'Highest Award in Engineering' in 2004. Page and Brin are active investors in alternative energy companies, such as Tesla Motors, which developed the Tesla Roadster. They are named as 'Young Global Leaders' for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Brin and Page are also trying to solve the world's energy and climate problems at

"As we go forward, I hope we're going to continue to use technology to make really big differences in how people live and work."
- Sergey Brin

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are really Young Global Leaders. They have taken the search engine technology to greater heights. And they are always using their innovative minds and trying their best to help grow technology in any way possible for the betterment of the world.


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