The Journey of Larry Page [Infographic]

Larry Page, a famous icon of the web, heads one of the major company – Google. Being an influential and inspiring personality, he has a fascinating success story for entrepreneurs to learn from. Born into a family with a greater obsession towards technology had impacted Larry’s life in the early stage. Surrounded by math and its products, he always knew that he would start a company of his own, rather than spending his life working on behalf of someone else.

Let us see how this internet entrepreneur and computer scientist teamed up with his grad school buddy Sergey Brin to launch one of the most crucial search engine Google.

The Journey of Lawrence Edward Page

Quick Facts on Lawrence Edward Page

    • Born March 26, 1973
  • Co-founder of Google
  • CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet
  • The inventor of PageRank and Search Engine Algorithm
  • Net worth 5,540 crores USD

Early Life & Education

  • Born in the United States of Michigan to a family of computer science professionals
  • His home was full of computers and science magazines
  • In 1979, he did his schooling from Okemos Montessori School
  • He played the flute and studied music composition
  • In 1991, Page graduated from East Lansing High School
  • He pursued a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan
  • Did Masters in computer science at Stanford University
  • Enrolled for Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University

“I had felt from the very young age that I wanted to invent things. And when I was around 12 years old, then I had thought that I would be a businessman. Since then, I began to be interested in knowing the things of Business World.”

~ Larry Page

The Google Journey

  • During his Ph.D., Page collaborated with Sergey Brin for the research on search engine algorithm in 1995
  • In 1996, the pair built a search engine called ‘BackRub’ which operated on Stanford servers for a few months
  • Page and Brin decided to integrate their project as a company
  • The pair raised funds from family and friends to buy some servers and rent the famous garage in Menlo Park
  • Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Microsystems co-founder, financed this company by writing a check for $100,000
  • The project was renamed as ‘Google’ in September 1998
  • In 2001, Eric Schmidt was appointed as the CEO
  • In 2004, Google launched a social networking site – Orkut and introduced Google Desktop search
  • Google held its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2004 which made them millionaires
  • Google Maps, Google Reader, Blogger Mobile, and iGoogle were released in 2005
  • In July 2005, Google acquired Android for an estimated price of $50 million
  • Google later acquired YouTube in October 2006 for $1.65 billion
  • In 2008, Google launched Google Sites, Google Health, and a new version of Google Earth
  • Google acquired Aardvark and Picnik in 2010
  • Larry Page was made the CEO in January 2011
  • Page and Brin declared the creation of a new parent company “Alphabet” on August 10, 2015
  • Page became the new company’s CEO
  • Sundar Pichai stepped in as Google’s top executive.

“If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things.” ~ Larry Page

 Awards & Recognition

  • In 2002, Page and Brin were named in the MIT Technology Review TR100 for being the top 100 innovators in the world below 35
  • Page was named as a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 by “The World Economic Forum.”
  • Page and Brin received Marconi Prize in 2004
  • ABC World News Tonight honored Page with the “Persons of the Week” in 2004
  • Page is named as the 12th-richest person in the world as of June 2019
  • He also secured a 10th position in the Forbes list of “Billionaires 2019.”

“Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.” ~ Larry Page

Philanthropic Work

  • Formed a charitable arm of the company, Google.org in 2004.
  • This organization finds technological solutions to address global challenges such as hunger and poverty
  • Page contributes to renewable energy technology
  • He endorses plug-in hybrid electric cars and other energy reserves
  • He invested in alternative energy companies such as Tesla Motors

“My goal is for Google to lead, not follow.” ~ Larry Page

Today, Google is the most common and extensively used search engine, and the contribution of Larry Page towards it is remarkable.

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