The founders of the widely used Google search engine and successful entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, have been united in their company since 1998, when Google first spread its wings. It’s their bond, their friendship that we can learn from as life lessons. Here are some of the things Brin and Page have taught us not only about life, but also about successful entrepreneurial advancements as well.
1. Opposites Attract
Brin and Page met in graduate school in 1995. For nearly an entire year, they argued about nearly everything. They simply couldn’t get along. But then their friendship emerged when Brin joined Page’s BackRub research project, which explored backlinks and was the first step in Google’s magnificent creation.
Now, 16 years later, Brin and Page are still co-founders, co-partners, successful entrepreneurs, and best friends. They work well together only because they’re so different. And doesn’t that make sense? After all, how different are you from your best friend?
2. Greatness Comes from Unlikely Places
Just like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, these successful entrepreneurs started out by creating Google in a dorm room – and from there, it certainly took off. By June 2000, Google had collected more than one billion URLs, making it the most comprehensive search engine on the internet.
This just goes to show that no matter where you come from, where you started out at, or where you are now, you can do great things. Has anyone ever belittled you because of any of those three reasons? Has anyone doubted your abilities because of who they thought you were? Say no more – you know the truth, and what you’re capable of.
3. It’s Good to Have Friends in High Places
Brin and Page wouldn’t be the successful entrepreneurs that they are today had it not been for two very generous colleagues – also graduates from the same school as Brin and Page, Stanford University. These two men, Sun Microsystem’s Andy Bechtolsheims and Kleiner Perkin’s John Doerr, helped fund the first seeds for Google. Without that first step, this powerful search engine probably wouldn’t exist.
The lesson here is that sometimes you need to rely on your friends to help you out with difficult situations – that’s what friends are for, after all. It’s important to never use them, keep them close, and help them out in return one day should they need help from you. Do you have a friend that would support you like these two men supported these successful entrepreneurs? Do you have friends that would support you in your decisions, help you through the tough times, and have your back through it all?
4. Think Big
Google is one of the fastest-growing and technology diversified companies in the world – all thanks to the men behind it, the brave thinkers, the successful entrepreneurs, Brin and Page. Some thoughts, like space travel, are too advanced for our time, but others help to revolutionize our world. Google is so versatile and so abstract that no one knows where it’ll go next as far as ideas and inventions go.
The idea here is to always think more than you think you can – think big or go home. Without a positive mindset or charismatic intuition, what are your thoughts worth? Who are you as an individual?
5. Have Fun
Controlling a billion upon billion dollar corporation can be stressful and time consuming, but these successful entrepreneurs make it work. How? By adding their own inventive thinking and humor into the mix.
Brin and Page produce pranks, jokes, and games throughout Google as personal entertainment for themselves. In 2003, Google explained how “PigeonRank,” they’re novel search technology, delivered fast and accurate search results thanks to pigeons. In an FAQ section of the page, it was asked “Aren’t pigeons really stupid? How do they do this?” to which Google replied “While no pigeon has actually been confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, pigeons are surprisingly adept at making instant judgments when confronted with difficult choices.”
If you type in “Google Gravity” and press the “I’m feeling lucky” option, the page loses it’s gravity and you can play around with it. Another fun game is if you type in “zerg rush” into Google. You’ll be literally battling the letters of the word “Google” on the screen until it freezes, meaning it’s game over. What are some other pranks and games you know of that Google has done?
It’s these fun-loving and somewhat youthful ideals that make Google the less strict, friendly search engine it is today. Brin and Page teach us this final, and maybe most important lesson: you can’t have all work and no play.
Brin and Page are two successful entrepreneurs that went above and beyond any expectations, earning billions of dollars in the process. It’s thanks to these two men that we have the most comprehensive and loved site on the internet – Google. Without these two men, we would be lacking valuable life lessons as well. What are some things you’ve learned from Brin and Page, or their success? What do you think makes them unique; what do you think makes you unique? What are some life lessons you’ll be taking away from this article that you didn’t know of before?