Inside the Google Brother's Master Mission

2014 ,    »  -   8 Comments
Ratings: 7.63/10 from 62 users.

When you've got Bill Gates worried, you know you're doing something right. Sergey Brin and Larry Page first met on the campus of Stanford University in 1995. What transpired as a result of this meeting forever changed the way we search the internet. Nearly 20 years later, the search engine with a funny sounding name is one of the world's largest and most powerful companies.

The Birth of Google. Sergey Brin was born in Russia, to mathematician parents, and moved to the U.S. at a young age. Larry Page grew up in Michigan. Both of his parents were computer scientists, and at a time when few people were. Their bond was their irreverence for convention, their creativity and a belief that the two could change the world. And while they may have come up short on that front, the two forward thinkers did change the entire complexity of the World Wide Web.

Few people probably remember, but in the late 1990s internet searches took forever to conduct and produced results that were often irrelevant. The two computer science geeks had an idea that would change that. Using backlinks as a way to gauge value, they created an algorithm that would only display search results of the highest quality.

The Adolescent Years. On September 15th, 1997 Brin and Page registered Google as a website. Shortly after, while sitting on a friend's porch at Stanford, they received a fortuitous visit that would launch their company. Sun Microsystems' co-founder, Andy Bechtolsheim, pulled up in his sports car and wrote the two a check for $100,000. A check they couldn't even cash yet, as they hadn't properly set up Google as a business.

At the time, there were already five search engines, and many believed that a sixth would be useless. However, it didn't take long to convince venture capitalists of their vision, and they eventually received the start-up capital they so desperately needed.

Google: All Grown Up. On August 19th, 2004, Google went public and opened at just over $100 per share, earning the company 23 billion dollars. Brin and Page have been aggressive in acquiring assets that fit their vision, such as YouTube and Android. They've also been active in development, adding Google Maps, Google News, Google Earth, and in response to Facebook's incredible success - Google+.

In 2012 alone, Google earned over 50 billion dollars in revenue. They've made our lives easier by organizing the world's information. They've changed the way we get that information. And even changed the way we talk, as the proper noun is now regularly used as a verb.

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8 Comments / User Reviews

  1. KC

    Fine, entertaining and shallow, typical of Bloomberg stuffs. It would have been nice if the film expanded on the China cyber-attack/censorship and also on what is the current Google policy on its user privacy and explore the question if Google is "The Big Brother". On a different scale, the film could have explore further the dynamics between the big threes in high-tech. Google is clearly stepping on everyone's toe, at least for now, but that is because of the personal believes of the founders. Have they been facing any pressure to change from the investors? Why were they reluctant to hire a CEO? Going public? Is Eric Schmidt's departure really that simple? I doubt the founders can keep doing what they want forever even though I hope they do.

  2. Thomas Tucker Jr
  3. Thomas Tucker Jr

    Thomas is my husband but I cannot seem to comment with my own account so I will comment using his. From early childhood and on I always excelled in my schools studies. I had a love of learning that to this day, at 72 years old, has not diminished one iota. If anything it is stronger then ever. I attended college for two years and then was forced to leave for personal reasons. My education came to a halt. Then cam Google. I feel that the important message about Google is that these two young men with their incredible minds gave to the world a way to educate themselves for free. I use Google more times a day then I can possibly number. It has filled my senior years with the joy of learning and helped to keep my mind active and alert. I cannot sing the praises of these two fine men enough. They set out to change the world and that is exactly what they accomplished. They have given us such a valuable gift in the form of the Google search engine and opened the world up for us all. I do not care what anyone thinks about this video as it is not important to the big picture. Some will like it, some will not. However, if you do not like Google and what it does for us all, you must be insane. LOL Thanks Sergey Brin and Larry Page. YOU TWO ROCK!

  4. sharpstuff
  5. sharpstuff

    Like all corporations, Google is getting too big. As a search engine it gets worse and worse. In fact no search engines I have used are much good at all for decent research.

    Then you have Wikipaedia. Okay for some stuff but anything contentious and it is purely main-sewer.

    Google is invasive (like Gate's new 'creations').

    I ceased using Google ages ago and now use IxQuick (Start Page) at least it is as anonymous as possible.

    As for the anti-social networking sites..yeuch!

    And for the record, these sites are all Americo-centric and that's very bad news in itself...

  6. Fabien L'Amour
  7. Fabien L'Amour

    DuckDuckGo is an anonymous search engine that doesn't temper with the results based on your previous searches. 20 employees work there so noone is paid to try to figure a way to make money out of the info you provide them...

  8. gaboora
  9. gaboora

    I enjoyed this very much. It's a good peek into the making of financial giants. You can see by this film that becoming a billionaire could happen to anyone who is both intelligent and determined.

  10. Fish
  11. Fish

    Decent introduction to the beginning of an empire. Worth 25 minutes of my time.

  12. Robert Currie
  13. Robert Currie

    Google should organise nand Fight Isis.

  14. Nebuchadnezzar
  15. Nebuchadnezzar

    23:46 "In the space of a year, Larry page and Sergey Brin both got married" I thought the narrator said, "got married". LOL. I was like dang! what a climax!

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