Larry Page and Google are today names which are synonymous with not just success, but with immense success rates. While Page may have pushed Google towards becoming one of the most indisputable search engines in the world, his story started off in quite a different way.
Back in the day, when Page was but a 22 year old man, a sudden idea rendered him sleepless. Realising sleep wasn’t going to be his friend that night, Page spent the entire night studying the different links on the World Wide Web and by the time morning broke, he began to read information in a brand new way. However, even though he had all his eggs in a row, Page was still a novice in the world of inventions. This was when he ran into Sergey Brin, a man he sparred with constantly during the early days of their friendship.
The two grew so close through the years because of their shared ideas, they started working on the multiple links Page had amassed during his sleepless night and finally, Eureka struck! The different links he saw from what he downloaded became the basis for an algorithm, PageRank, which would later be used to create his first search engine, BackRub. However, despite BackRub having a unique concept, the brand name just refused to stick and a few years later, Page renamed BackRub to Google.com in September 1997.
The Google Journey
The concept of the unique search engine was accepted immediately. Because the platform was becoming such a success, Brin and Page had no option but to spend all their free time on the developing the website. So much so that they even thought of selling the website during its initial phases!
The first version of Google went live in the year 1996 and originally, the website was hosted on a Stanford website, google.stanford.edu. Unfortunately, the initial Google website took so much space, it occupied more than half of Stanford’s bandwidth! Created with Page’s basic knowledge of HTML, the new platform of Google was visually appealing and extremely pleasing. Not only did it make the website really quick, it also helped in making the website extremely user friendly.
This propelled Google to the top instantly and with over 1 billion URLs by the year 2000, Google was quickly becoming the most popular search engine in the world. The biggest power move for Google happened when Google announced its restructuring under a new company called Alphabet Inc. With the number of employees growing at a drastic number, Page thought some restructuring was needed within the team.
However, through all the changes and everything that could have gone wrong, Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s Google is now at the top. Single handedly revolutionizing the way the search engine system worked, Page’s and Brin’s brainchild was all set to bring information to people in the fastest way possible! Furthermore, with the evolution of technology and the increasing presence of digital marketing in everyday, people needed a search engine like Google to help them push forward.
Through the years, Page kept losing the bigger picture of what Google stood for and even with all the things going right for the company, he just wasn’t happy. It was only after he hired a man to take over the role of CEO that Page could finally settle into a role on his own. Today, Google is the most widely used search engine and with all the effort Page and Brin put into the website, the journey is quite a tale.