“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power. In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, Larry Page and Sergey Brin watched from the sidelines. Unlike the rest of Silicon Valley, … Continue reading “Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

The Price of Google’s New Conveniences? Your Data

For the past 20 years, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information. Increasingly, the information it serves up is ordered around you—your browsing habits, where you go, who you talk to, what you say, and what you search for. The trend came into stark relief Tuesday at Google’s annual developer conference, where the … Continue reading The Price of Google’s New Conveniences? Your Data

At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision

Eric Schmidt wound up at Google by compromise. In 1998, cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had made a promise to the two venture-capital firms that funded them—they would hire an experienced CEO to manage the company once it began to take off. But two years later they were hedging, insisting they could scale Google … Continue reading At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision