He is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Until he stepped down on December 3, 2019, he was the president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. He is Sergey Brin.
It was at Stanford University, that Brin first met Larry Page and the two created a search engine that would sort web pages based on popularity. Due to the success of the program at Stanford, the two suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a garage.
Google, which was launching in 1998, went on to become the most popular search engine in the world, and with its overwhelming success, it turned the co-founders into billionaires in a very short space of time. As of December 2019, Brin was worth a net estimate of $58.5 billion and he is definitely one of the most successful CEO of our time. But how, how did he get there? Let’s go back, back to his immigration journey.
Early Life of Sergey Brin
Brin was born on August 21, 1973, in Moscow at the time of Soviet Union. His father is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, and his mother a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.
Brin and his family migrated to the United States to escape Jewish persecution in 1979 and he was only 6 years old at the time. After receiving his degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park, Brin entered Stanford University, where he met Larry Page. Both students were completing doctorates in computer science.
Brin attended elementary school in Maryland, but he received further education at home; his father, a professor in the department of mathematics at the University of Maryland, encouraged him to learn mathematics and his family helped him retain his Russian-language skills. In September of 1990, Brin enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Computer Science in 1993. He got his honours in computer science and mathematics at the age of 19.
How They Started The Google Project
As a research project at Stanford University, Brin and Page created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. They called the search engine Google after the mathematical term “googol,” which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the internet.
After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the two, Brin and Page launched the company in 1998 with its Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Google held its initial public offering in August of 2004, making Brin and Page billionaires from then on. Google has since become the world’s most popular search engine, receiving an average of more than a trillion searches a day in 2016.
Innovation And Future Strategies
Seeing their success in google, they decided to expand their technology. Their major expansion was in 2006 when Google bought the most popular online video streaming platform, YouTube, for a total of $1.65 billion in stock.
Another bold move by Google was in 2012, what it unveiled its futuristic Google Glass, a type of wearable eyeglass-computer with a touchpad and voice control, an LED illuminated display and a camera.
While there are currently some concerns about privacy, such technology is in fact, already in use in such industries as healthcare, in the field of journalism and in the military. So, for Google and in another online environment, especially as we are getting more immersed into an advanced version of the digital revolution, with such innovation as Artificial Intelligence, 5G or the fifth-generation wireless technology, and many more in the market today, the futuristic Google Glass might only be a question of time.
So, what are you cooking for the future, what is your dream and what do you want to be remembered for? And not that except in some few cases, it’s almost never too late, so dust out your dream board and continue to fine-tune it, day and night. This is why you are alive and now; and it’s such a beautiful time to be alive. Don’t you think so?
His Personal Life
In 2003, Brin married Anne Wojcicki, the co-founder of 23andMe, a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Sunnyvale, California. And they had two children. They would be divorced in 2015 after Brin had an extramarital affair with Google Glass marketing manager, Amanda Rosenberg. In 2018, Brin will marry lawyer and entrepreneur, Nicole Shanahan. The two also had a daughter late that year.
Awards And Recognitions
If you use Google today, which I think you do if are here reading this article, then you will agree with me that those who made it possible deserve recognition for their service to humanity. I think they do and below are some of them:
The first was in 2002, when Brin along with Larry Page, was named by the MIT Technology Review, as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.
In 2003, both Brin and Page received an honorary MBA from IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain), “for embodying the entrepreneurial spirit and lending momentum to the creation of new businesses…”
In 2004, they received the Marconi Foundation Prize, the “Highest Award in Engineering”, and were elected Fellows of the Marconi Foundation at Columbia University.
Also in 2004, Brin received the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award with Larry Page, at a ceremony that was held in Chicago, Illinois.
There are other awards and recognitions to these two gentlemen of google for their wonderful creation and contribution to our collective human experience. But we are going to stop here today.
What Can You Take Away From This Story?
Well, it’s simple and it’s service. And like Muhammad Ali once said: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” So what are you willing to do with your human potential, how will your community, the environment you live in and this world, in general, be better because of you?
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