Two people met in the sunny south of California in the middle of August 1995. One was in his second year of studies at the prestigious “Stanford” University and worked as a mentor for incoming students.
The second was a freshman who had no idea what he wanted to do with himself or what he wanted to study.
Sergey was one, and Larry was the other, in a different life they would have been nothing more than acquaintances.
“Sergey is an extremely friendly person who enjoys meeting new people. When I initially met him, he struck me as unlikeable. He was rather obstinate in several areas. I think I’m the same way,“ Larry Page commented ten years later.
The two students became close almost immediately; it was “love” at first sight. They strolled together, spoke, and frequently “argued” in their own unique manner.
‘We were unfriendly to one another. It could have appeared amusing. We did, however, spend a lot of time conversing together, so there was something to it. We just had a feeling something major was about to happen,” says Sergey Brin.
In September 1998, something major occurred, Google.com. It was a simplistic and unsightly website that was clearly put together by folks who weren’t very competent at programming.
No one could have predicted that this small unsightly page would be the start of the greatest business and IT story of all time.
Google would not just alter how we use computers and search the Internet. It has also altered the way we learn, travel, shop, enjoy ourselves and work.
The beginning was challenging and chaotic. Investors were skeptical of the small garage-based company and its business plan. Nevertheless, the two future billionaires had a lot of hope and faith in themselves.
“We want to work with firms like Yahoo, Amazon, and AOL. Without a doubt, we aim to be number one in our respective search categories. I don’t believe we’ll have to wait long for anything like that. There is no need to limit our vision,” Sergey Brin stated. In 1999, he said, “ If you can do things well, you can make a great leap – above everyone else.”
The BackRub search engine was developed originally at Stanford. They decided to give it a new name when it proved to be effective. They settled on the name Google, which is taken from the word googol, meaning ten to the hundredth power. Andy Bechtolsheim, the co-founder of Sun, gave them a $100,000 payment for the new firm even before they launched it.
They established an office in a garage in Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco and near Stanford University. On September 4, 1998, they submitted a request to incorporate Google in the state of California.
Craig Silverstein, a graduate student at Stanford, was their first employee. Google subsequently relocated to Palo Alto, and ultimately to Mountain View, where it is still located today. All of the cities on the list are in Silicon Valley and close to Stanford University.
It didn’t take long for Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s prophetic aspirations to come true. Google had 50 percent of the market as early as 2000. This suggests that Google was utilized by 50% of all Internet users at the time.
Consider a business that over three billion customers visit each year. Today’s largest IT business is Google.
However, Google is much more than a corporation name and the name of a prominent search engine. It has evolved into the “second Internet,” a synonym for real-time information and something much larger. It has become the center around which our lives revolve.
Only in this way could Google surpass its previous competitors AOL and Yahoo. AOL no longer signifies anything in the IT industry, and Yahoo even used Google software for a period before switching to Bing’s search engine, but it was all in vain. We should also remember those who have gone in the past. Google wiped away several once-famous browsers, like Alta Vista.
Twenty-five years after Google emerged from a garage in the Los Angeles suburbs, it trampled the competition, altered the globe, and provided billions of dollars to its stockholders and founders, the company’s position does not appear to be in jeopardy. Nobody or anything is likely to unseat Google as the top search engine in the near future, nor will Google begin to lose money from its most successful application – selling clicks to advertisers and advertisements – in the near future.
Google was the topic of debate in all technology venues in the first half of August 2015. For whatever reason, Google’s founders decided to flip their corporation on its head, reform everything, and even alter the name. Google Inc. has been renamed Alphabet, the parent firm of the popular search engine Google.com. To complicate matters further, the right to use that brand belongs to none other than the German BMW, whose executives have no intention of selling or giving away that famous moniker.
“We’ve long maintained that organizations stay inactive over time because they repeat themselves, with just minor variations… However, in the technological world, where innovative ideas lead to new growth zones, you have to be a little more casual to stay current,” according to Larry Page, the creator and former CEO of Google.
The world of technology is rife with stories about firms whose products we used to buy and use that are no longer available or will be gone soon. Kodak reigned the world of photography until almost twenty years ago.
The ordinary American would buy a Kodak camera, load it with Kodak film, take it to a photo studio, and have the images printed on Kodak equipment, using Kodak chemicals, on Kodak paper, and placed in an envelope with the Kodak label.
Kodak declared bankruptcy three years ago after failing to compete. Kodak executives thought until the very end that photo-film technology would triumph over digital.
To make matters worse, Kodak created the digital camera, but they thought it was simply a charming toy. It was an expensive blunder and a learning experience for people like Google’s founder. IBM, like Kodak, created the modern PC but eventually failed in business. Motorola invented the mobile phone and then went out of business. The founders of Google do not want their company to become the next Kodak or IBM, a mega-corporation that exists just for its own purpose.
The reason for changing the name of the corporation is hidden in Larry Page’s wishes for the company. He wanted Google to be more dedicated to mathematics and computer science. Larry grew up surrounded by computers as a child since his parents were computer scientists, which probably influenced his career development.
In 2015, Google became a company within the parent company Alphabet, and Larry Page handed over the title of CEO of Google to Sundar Pichai.
In 2019, Page and Brin officially step down from the role of CEO and President and decide to remain only the proud parents of this successful company. Sundar Pichai officially became the new CEO of Google Inc. in June 2022.
When Larry Page became CEO of Google in 2001, he was apprehensive about everything that this sophisticated position entailed. He wanted guidance. He got it from Steve Jobs.
“He wrote me an email asking, “Would you want to come to chat with me?” I said I would. We had a wonderful conversation. He was very sick at the time. I was flattered that he wanted to spend time with me at the moment. It was evident that he wanted to be with his family at the time. He knew a lot about how to operate a business, and that’s what we spoke about,” explained Page.
Google has come a long way from a garage to one of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley. In order to establish a company like this, a lot of dedication, desire, and hard work was needed. What are the tips that the founders of this digital empire share with the new generations?
– Don’t delegate work: Do everything you can only if it would make things run faster.
– Don’t get in people’s way. Allow them to converse while you do something else.
– Avoid becoming a bureaucrat.
– Ideas are more valuable than years. Just because someone is younger does not mean they do not deserve to be respected and given opportunities.
– Think before you say no to someone, their idea may need some work, but it doesn’t mean it is bad.
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