5 famous dorm room start-ups

3. Google

Founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin’s family had to flee Russia when he was six to save themselves from Jewish persecutions. He was home-schooled by his father, who was a mathematician, and entered Stanford in 1993. There he eventually became friends with Larry Page. Page pursued graduate studies in computer science at Stanford so he could analyse patterns of linkage among different online sites. To make the project happen, however, Page required the data mining expertise of fellow classmate Brin. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brins data mining system to build a superior search engine. they started a search engine named BackRub. It began as a research project which listed results according to the popularity of the pages. This, alongside a $100,000 worth of funding, became the building blocks for Google.

The program became so popular at Stanford that they decided to suspend their Ph.D studies to start up Google in a rented garage. Brin and Page wanted to name the search engine after the mathematical term Googol , which is a one followed by 100 zero’s, but the investor’s misspelt it. The name Google stuck. In 2011, Eric Schmidt stepped aside as CEO of Google and Page, previously President of Products, finally took the helm.

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