The Google Guys, inspiration, and mom

I’m just finishing up The Google Story, a really cool book about the history of Google.  I remember the first time I used Google, and hearing about some of the Google news as it happened, since all of this happened since I started college… anyway, here’s one of the funnest paragraphs from the book, page 275, bottom of the page:

Larry and Sergey, mathematicians turned moguls, were still turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.  In the months following Google’s IPO, the 31-year-old founders became America’s newest and wealthiest young billionaires, and hundreds of other Googlers became millionaires.  The guys debuted on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans at number 43, with a net worth of $4 billion each.  That was based on a Google stock price of about $110.  When the stock shot up in price to more than $300 in the summer of 2005, each of the founders had a net worth in excess of $10 billion.  Still, this wasn’t good enough for Sergey’s mother, Eugenia Brin, who wanted him to return to Stanford, write his thesis, and finish his Ph.D.

I love it … of course money isn’t everything, and this story proves that again… Euginia isn’t mentioned much in the book, but she is mentioned with much respect… you can find out WHY she was so intent on that goal in the early part of the book… definitely a strong recommendation on reading the book from me!

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