Lawrence "Larry" Page (born March 26, 1973, American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur) and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (born August 21, 1973, Russian-American computer scientist) co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies. The two met in 1995 at Stanford.
while the past decade has been a remarkable one for Google, “the next 10 years under Larry will be even better.” For that prediction to come true, Page will have to dream up a new venture as big and as profitable as Google’s legacy search advertising business. Now, that would be an act of derring-do anyone would pay to see.
Page and Brin brought the Internet economy back to life after the dotcom disaster. Their intellectual legacy will likely be equally momentous, if less laudable.
He is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and together with co-founder Sergey Brin, Larry was honored with the Marconi Prize in 2004. He is a trustee on the board of the X PRIZE, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.
For the first time ever, in the final three months of 2011, Google exceeded $10 billion in quarterly revenue. Every day people around the world now use Google for an astounding 2.5 billion searches. But in all the gee-whiz statistics one could cite about the ubiquity of the company on the web, one statistic is even more telling: Page, 39, and co-founder Sergey Brin, 38, have spent $11.8 billion on research and development in the past three years.
They’ve brought the ethic of speed, automation, and efficiency—the ethic of Henry Ford’s factory—to the work of the mind. What is Google but a lightning-quick assembly line for knowledge? Before the two Stanford buddies invented their miraculous search engine, finding facts and other information was drudgery.
In fact, Google's approach to site design and advertising may have been more radical than the technology itself: In an era when search engines were super-saturated with sponsor messages, Google broke the mold with their famously friendly and simple interface.
Google's own website implies that the two disagreed "about most everything" during this first meeting.
But their friendship was given the chance to blossom in 1996, when Brin joined Page in his BackRub research project, exploring backlinks--links on other websites that refer back to a given webpage--as a way to measure the relative importance of a particular site.
They called the search engine Google after the mathematical term "Googol," which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the Web.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. in a friend's garage in Menlo Park, Calif. Since its incorporation on September 4, 1998, the company has grown to nearly 20,000 full-time employees worldwide, and with a steady stream of new product developments, acquisitions, and partnerships, has extended its reach far beyond its modest beginnings as a web search engine.
During this time Page and Brin were running the project out of their dorm rooms at Stanford. Page's room served as the data hub, while Brin's was the business office. But they were reluctant entrepreneurs, not wanting to shelve their Ph.D. studies and join the dot-com rush of the era. In mid-1998 they finally relented. "Pretty soon, we had 10,000 searches a day," Page told Newsweek 's Steven Levy. "And we figured, maybe this is really real."
The search engine started as a research project when Page and Brin were students at Stanford University.
They didn't quite start in a garage. Instead, they started in Page's dorm room. But in the great tradition of invention, they later moved to a garage.
The pair borrowed money from professors, family and anyone they could. And their invention took off, as Page says, like a virus.
An innovative thinker with a sense of humor as well, Page once built a working ink-jet printer out of Lego blocks. He was eager to advance in his career, and decided to study for a Ph.D degree. He was admitted to the prestigious doctoral program in computer science at Stanford University. On an introductory weekend at the Palo Alto campus that had been arranged for new students, he met Sergey Brin. A native of Moscow, Russia, Brin was also the son of a professor, and came to the United States with his family when he was six.
The answer might be found in the personalities of the Google founders. Brin and Page met in grad school at Stanford in the mid-'90s, and in 1996 started working on a search technology based on a new idea: that relevant results come from context.
At Google, our mission is to make the world's information accessible and useful. And that means all of the world's information, which now, in our index, numbers over a billion documents, and it's an incredible resource.