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One of the most admired figures in business and tech, Larry Page permanently changed the nature of information and the way we live and think when he co-founded Google in 1998 with Sergey Brin. By putting his passion for design, excellence, and the customer experience first, Page was able to take Google from a Ph.D. research project to one of the world’s most influential brands. He is one of the top ten wealthiest people in the world and currently serves as the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
With two computer scientists as parents, an older brother who taught him to take things apart, and a messy house filled with technology magazines and multiple gadgets, Page knew from a young age that he wanted to be an inventor. After reading about how the great scientist, Nikola Tesla died alone and penniless, Page developed an interest in business, as well, realizing that in order to have an impact, he would have to be able to commercialize his innovations.
He graduated with a degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and entered a Ph.D. program at Stanford where he met and befriended Sergey Brin, the perfect complement to Page’s introverted tendencies. The two embarked on a project to better understand the organization of the World Wide Web and use backlink data to measure the importance of any given web page. Creating various algorithms for the project, Page believed that he and Brin could build a web search engine far superior to the ones that existed at that time.
The two raised $1 million to launch their start-up in a rented garage. Their team rapidly grew and within a year Google saw a surge in popularity. By 2004 when they went public, they were already a global force with a search engine that has been considered the most monumental invention since Gutenberg’s movable type printing press.
The two-time CEO of Google, Page has been the driving visionary behind Google’s diversification into other successful projects like Google Maps, Google Books, Android, and the company’s continuous research in AI.
Lawrence “Larry” Page is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who cofounded Google Inc. with Sergey Brin, and is the corporation’s current CEO. Page is the inventor of PageRank, Google’s most well-known search ranking algorithm.
Born in Michigan in 1973, Larry Page’s parents were both computer experts, so it was no surprise that he studied computer engineering at Stanford University. That’s where he met Sergey Brin. Together, Page and Brin developed a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, calling it “Google.” Since launching Google in 1998, the company has become the world’s most popular search engine, averaging nearly 6 billion searches daily in 2013.
Larry Page was born in Michigan in 1973, both his parents were both computer experts. Following in his parents footsteps Page earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. After this, he decided to concentrate on computer engineering at Stratford University, where he met Sergey Brin.
As a research project at Stanford University, Page and Brin created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. They called the search engine “Google” after the mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the No. 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.
After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the pair launched the company in 1998. Google has since become the world’s most popular search engine.
Google co-founder Larry Page confesses that if it weren't for the leadership training he received as a grad student, Google probably never would have been launched. Today, everyone would agree that Page and Sergey Brin's choice to create Google was a no-brainer, but back when the two were PhD students at Stanford, the decision was not nearly as obvious.
"We were scared," Page admits, elaborating on the issues and risks they faced: the possibility of ending up with a failed start-up, no degrees, and upset parents. However, Page got the drive he needed to go forward from a principle that was frequently emphasized in his graduate school: failure should not be feared. Instead, you should fail quickly, and eventually after so many failures, you would succeed.
"Google happened to work pretty well, but there are many things that we did that didn't," he recalls. "I encourage you to take a little more risk in life, and if you do it often enough, it will really pay off."
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