Larry Page

Larry Page biography
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Larry Page biography

Larry Page (March 26, 1973) businessman and founder of Google. His baptismal name is Lawrence Edward Page. He was born in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. Page created by the hand of Sergei Brin the most famous search engine in the world today, Google. Her parents, Gloria Page and Carl V. Page, served as university teachers, her mother was a professor of programming at the University of Michigan and her father a professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of North Carolina and University of Michigan.

His father made an important contribution as a pioneer and authority in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Now, Page from a child attended in Lansing to a school of the Montessori method. His passion for computers and computer science was inherited from his parents, and at the age of twelve, he already created various technological inventions. He read several books about Nikola Tesla, his idol of youth. Following the advice of his parents, he studied at East Lansing High School. Upon graduating with honors, he entered Michigan State University to study Computer Engineering.

Subsequently, he did a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University. Where he met Brin, who was pursuing postgraduate studies thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Page was awarded by the Instituto de Empresa with an Honorary Master’s Degree in Business Administration and also received the Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award from the University of Michigan. While in the winter of 1998, Brin began to develop an idea to create a search engine for the internet, the idea was developed with the help of Larry Page.

His great motivation was the inefficiency and the multiple errors of the search engines existing at that time. It is said that Page was a great help to Brin because his intelligence and also his great ability for business led to the creation of what is now Google. In short, Page was responsible for the high speed of Google. By 1995 Brin and Page were very good friends and shared their love of computers and both were very motivated to develop their internet search engine. His question was how to download the entire web. His intention was, then, to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

They held several meetings with brilliant people in this field, and they met Andy Bechtolsheim, an investor from Sun Microsystems. They decided to present their idea, they also made a quick demonstration and they got that, without thinking twice, Bechtolsheim extended a check worth 100,000 dollars to start the project. Although with this amount achieved only the beginning of the project, the young people full of enthusiasm began to get other economic support and various sources of income.

As a result, Brin and Page managed to get two of the most relevant US venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, to agree to finance their idea. They then collected 25 million dollars. The project was still ongoing. At first, they thought of the word googol to baptize their search engine, a term invented by the mathematician Edward Kasner to name the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Then they changed their name to Google. We must mention that Yahoo! He played an essential role in driving Google.

Yahoo! collaborated encouraging the creation of its own search engine, the pair of colleagues began to offer in their popular portal the possibility of searching through that engine. For the year 2003, Google swept daily searches, had about 112 million, compared to Yahoo! which only supported approximately 42 million. Page was shown as a leader since he generated important results and demonstrated his ambitious ideas. Therefore, Page was CEO of Google until 2001. The reason is that Page began to be less involved in the day-to-day management of the company.

Something really innovative was that Google allowed cyberusarios to easily locate images, newsgroups and searches using the Open Directory thematic directory tool, an international volunteer project that catalogs web pages by hand. After a few years, thanks to the popularity of Google, colleagues received a Webby, a prize. For 2011, Larry decided to regain the title of CEO. He reorganized the company’s top management and launched Google+, Chromebook, Google Glass, and other services. Page continued to lead Google until 2015, until he became the CEO of the parent company, Alphabet.

Currently, Page devotes a large part of his time to research new technologies, meet with important entrepreneurs. He is always in search of new things for Moonshot of Alphabet. He currently ranks number 8 on the list millionaires of Forbes, with a fortune of 44,500 million dollars. Although little is known of his private life, it was learned that in 2013 he suffered paralysis of the vocal cords. In 2007, he married Lucinda Southworth, a scientific researcher. The couple has two children. His most valuable properties are apart from its mansion, a 59-meter super-yacht, and a heliport.

Larry also devotes part of his wealth to other causes such as Planetary Resources, which aims to mine asteroids; Tesla; and Twigtale, a personalization startup for children’s books. He also invested in the Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation in honor of his father. He has also invested a lot of money in “Zee. Aero” a very innovative aircraft company. Page is also an investor in Kitty Hawk, the company recently built an electric airplane for just one person. Larry was named “Global Leader of Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the University of Michigan School of Engineering, the creators of Google received the Marconi award in 2004. He is currently the President of Products of Google Inc.

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