November 14, 2012

Google Foretells Switch to Networks of the Future

Cade Metz, Wired

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In the summer of 1998, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin were drafting an official business plan for the company they hoped to build around their Google search engine, they asked Guido Appenzeller for a little help. Like Page and Brin, Appenzeller was a Ph.D. student in the computer science department at California’s Stanford University, and the way he tells it, Page and Brin knocked on his door only because he’d taken a class at the business school. His first suggestion was that they write their business plan with Microsoft Word — not with the HTML webpage editor they were inclined to use. “We hacked on it for about two afternoons,” Appenzeller remembers, “and that was all I ever did for them.”

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