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October 24, 2010

Larry Page's Business Card

A Reddit user writes:
I met both Carl Page and Larry Page at a party hosted by a Stanford friend of mine in 1998. Carl gave me his card for eGroups and said "we're hiring". Larry gave me his card for Google — a flimsy bit of paper obviously printed by bubble jet — and said "we're hiring". I said, "Nah, who needs another search engine?" and went to graduate school. I still have the card.



He wasn't the only one who thought that search engines aren't very useful. Google's founders faced difficulties in convincing investors that a search engine is a good business. Sun's co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim was the first Google investor, back in September 1998. "Andy Bechtolsheim was one of the few to see the true potential of what Brin and Page had wrought. During their presentation to him, Bechtolsheim said he had to duck out for another meeting and offered to write them a check. It was that hundred-grander, made out to Google Inc., that got the ball (and the bank) rolling. Brin and Page incorporated, managing to attract other investors, with an initial investment of around $1 million."

{ via waxy.org }

11 comments:

  1. I hope I would also engine a big corporation ..

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  2. Lucky guy, became the unlucky guy.
    And Larry became the lucky guy.

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  3. " back in September 2008" em. Maybe 1998?

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  4. The card is real, I don't know if the story is real too.
    This card was published few years ago...
    http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2008/09/googles_first_steps.html

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  7. Its simple and really powerful. I'm going to get same for me!

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  8. Who knows the real and actual Larry's e-mail ?

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  9. haha, i love the designs back then, funky and very colorful designs. and you can still see some printingmistakes in that card. but google is really awesome.

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