Sergey Brin and Larry Page: Founders of Google (USA Today Lifeline Biographies)

Sergey Brin and Larry Page: Founders of Google (USA Today Lifeline Biographies)

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 076135221X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Sergey Brin (b. 1973) and Larry Page (b. 1973) are the co-founders of Google, Inc., the world's largest media company. After college, the two became close friends and began work on a research project involving the World Wide Web. In 1998 they used their research to found Google, Inc

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mistakes, unfavorable pubGoogle shares licity, and last-minute price changes, keep rising Google achieved a spectacularly sucThurs.: cessful IPO. On August 19, 2004, Larry $640 $600 rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ exchange. Although Google sold only a small amount of its stock, the compa$400 $476 ny made $1.6 billion. The price for one share jumped from $85 to $100 in the $200 course of a single day. Employees who owned stock became rich overnight. 0 By November the price had doubled to 10/06

have reassembled the tools. “I just didn’t,” he says. Larry was even more interested in building devices than in taking them apart. “From a very early age, I . . . realized I wanted to invent things.” All sorts of ideas churned in his resourceful mind. Nikola Tesla When he was twelve years old, Larry came across a biography of an eccentric inventor named Nikola Tesla. The genius of the Croatian-born Tesla fascinated Larry. Tesla’s experiments with electricity and physics had led to such modern

they bought at the famous Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Oregon. “Always Ahead” Larry’s childhood wasn’t all computers and electronics. He enjoyed Boy Scouts in middle school. He liked music and played the saxophone in his high school band. Larry was so good that he was chosen to attend a highly selective summer music camp in Interlochen, Michigan. According to his brother, Larry’s interests ranged beyond science and music to “social things, government, politics, everything.” Larry always

Instead of gasoline, the car Larry helped develop ran on power from the sun. Named the Maize & Blue after the school colors, the solar car competed in two races and took eleventh place in the 1993 World Solar Challenge for solar cars. In 1995 Larry received his degree in engineering with honors that included the school’s first Outstanding Student Award. Solar-powered vehicles continued to intrigue him. “You never lose a dream,” he told graduates of his alma mater in 2009. “It just incubates as a

old, Sergey sounded more like an American. That was the year his parents gave him his first computer, a Commodore 64. The delighted youngster began exploring the Internet and playing computer games. He even created his own computer game, complete with virtual warriors. Not surprisingly, a boy who enjoyed computers also liked math. Sometimes Sergey sat around listening Sergey Brin: Grateful American · 19 Visiting the Homeland Just before Sergey turned seventeen, his father took some high school

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