Lawrence E. Page, one of two inventors of Google, the world’s most popular internet search engine, was born March 26th, 1973 in Lansing, Michigan. The root of Page’s incredible intelligence began at a young age. At six years old, he was surrounded by all different types of gadgets, computers, and science magazines. Soon after discovering his interest, Page and his brother would spend time to teach themselves how to properly take things apart and put them back together. These items were at hand around Page’s childhood home as both of his parents had careers in the computing/science fields. Page’s father was one of the first PhD graduates at the University of Michigan who then became a professor of computer science at Michigan State University while Page’s mother was a professor at the University of Michigan teaching computer programming.
Lawrence Page grew up to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1994 with honors with a bachelor of science in computer engineering. The following year in March 1995, Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin (the second inventor of Google) met at Stanford University when Brin was assigned to lead new students around the campus to familiarize them with their surroundings. As Page was apart of this group, it is said that Page and Brin did not get along and argued throughout the entire tour. Subsequently to the tour, Page and Brin quickly became close friends. They then began a research project together. Their project soon became the foundation structure for the beginning blueprints of Google.
A fellow PhD at Stanford, a woman by the name of Susan Wojcicki was considered the first “Google employee” as she worked alongside Page and Brin. They launched a very early version of Google on a Stanford domain name. But in 1998, Brin, Page, and Wojcicki launched Google under the domain name Google.com in Wojcicki’s garage. The launch was reportedly successful as soon after, Page and Brin received a $100,000 investment from Andy Bachtolsheim, he played a major financial role in their success in the beginning. As this was a huge break of success for Google, time and money was incredibly crucial in the beginning. After receiving the $100K, Page and Brin went to Burger King for breakfast to celebrate. In 2001, the company was officially incorporated into Google.com. Their company mission statement was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Eric Schmidt was made CEO while Brin and Page were in charge of products and technology.
Over the next fifteen years, Google’s success skyrocketed. Larry Page and Sergei Brin both dropped out of Stanford to focus on their new company as Google was receiving searches from eighteen million people per day. Multiple language versions were developed such as French, Italian, German, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Google then became a publically traded company on August 19th, 2004, trading on the NASDAQ. Only through their second stock offering, Google raised $4.2 billion. Applications such as Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Gmail, and iGoogle were added to the website, and then developed the first Google web browser, Chrome. Today, Forbes has named Larry Page has been named, alongside Sergey Brin, as fifth most powerful people in the world.