Designing Interactions

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Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, are interviewed in Chapter 7 – The Internet. Terry Winograd describes his role as their advisor at Stanford.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google together in 1998. Sergey is fascinated by the challenges of extracting information from the huge unstructured world of the Internet and has published more than a dozen academic papers. He was working on “data mining” at Stanford when he met Larry. After lots of stimulating arguments, they found they shared a passion for understanding information structures and started working together. They were looking at the structure of links and accidentally ended up with a method that could improve the ranking of results, so they said, “Why don’t we build a search engine?” How amazing their fortunes have been since their interview in the spring of 2002!

Sergey and Larry talk about keeping Google simple. They make light of their amazing achievements, but behind the banter you can detect a strong philosophy and a determined will to succeed.

Portrait of Larry Page and Sergey Brin from the Google website.