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One of the most influential figures in the Digital Age, Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google. Driven by a desire to organize the world’s information so that it could be easily and universally accessed, the Russian refugee and computer scientist started Google with his Stanford classmate, Larry Page, growing it out of a series of dorm room experiments to the Internet’s dominant presence.
Aside from Brin’s technological accomplishments, he is known for the innovation-friendly office culture he and Page built up, a model that hundreds of companies have tried to duplicate or adapt. Google’s practice of “20 Percent Time,” encourages engineers to spend a fifth of their time pursuing projects of their choice and has led to the creation of AdSense/AdWords, Google News, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Gmail.
As the President of Technology, Brin supervised Google’s daily operations from 2001 to 2011. He continues to play a role at Google as the director of several special projects, including multiple renewable energy initiatives, emphasizing that one of Google’s missions is to use technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. He has been a featured speaker at several international academic, business and technology forums, including the World Economic Forum and the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference.
Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master’s degree.
Sergey is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship as well as an honorary MBA from Instituto de Empresa. It was at Stanford where he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google Inc. in 1998, and Sergey continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. Sergey’s research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data. He has published more than a dozen academic papers, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.
Sergey has been a featured speaker at several international academic, business and technology forums, including the World Economic Forum and the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference. He has shared his views on the technology industry and the future of search on the Charlie Rose Show, CNBC, and CNN. In 2004, he and Larry Page were named “Persons of the Week” by ABC World News Tonight.
Offering insights on taking risks and embracing failure, Google co-founder and innovation keynote speaker, Sergey Brin shares the little-known story that inadvertently led him to work on Google. In the early 90's when the web was a wild frontier, Brin was at Stanford University working on developing technology that would allow people to order a pizza or other food, using the web. His team wrote a script which then sent an order to a fax machine, Brin explains, noting that while pizzerias didn't have email or internet at that time, fax machines were common.
Time passed and they got hungrier. Finally, Brin called the pizzeria saying he'd sent a fax a while back, to which the pizza employee replied, "Oh, I'll go check the fax machine." The incident made Brin realize that restaurants weren't ready for his idea.
He decided to abandon it and pursue a new project in data mining, which ultimately became the Google search engine. "Obviously, you're going to have failures. You're going to have the wrong idea, but it's important to fail quickly," he admits, citing the rapid acceleration of the development cycle he's seen at Google and other companies.
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