If you want to find something on the Internet, you "Google" it. With its one million servers located around the world, the company handles over a billion search requests daily. The Google search engine is, simply, the online tool that 65% of the world's online population uses. As Larry Page pointed out in a Wired interview, "A billion people use our products."
But when the Internet first came online, people struggled to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information. How to search effectively, let alone how to monetize search, was baffling. Enter two computer science graduate students from Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and a clever name playing off the mathematical term for the number "1" followed by 100 zeros, and the $229 billion behemoth we now know as Google was born.
For the first time, the most thought-provoking, revealing, and inspiring quotes from Google's founders have been compiled into a single book. The Google Boys: Larry Page and Sergey Brin In Their Own Words is a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of Google's founders. Hundreds of their best quotes, comprising thoughts on business, management, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and life lessons, provide an intimate and direct look into the mind of these two modern business icons.
It s been fifteen years since Page and Brin had to hire a lawyer in order to cash a $100,000 investment check, since the payee "Google Inc" needed to first be formally incorporated. They are now highly respected, established figures in the tech industry. But Page and Brin, unlike industry icons like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, have spent as little time as possible in front of the media. As a result, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin give time to speak, people listen. Carefully.
This book culls together hand-selected quotes from interviews, online postings from their annual founders letter and personal blogs, public appearances, and select press releases. What emerges is a word portrait of both men, whose business model of Google may well be a template for businesses in the future."