Inside Larry and Sergey's Brain by Richard L. Brandt

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An in-depth look at the strategies of Google's shockingly successful founders

You've used their products. You've heard about their skyrocketing wealth and "don't be evil" business motto. But how much do you really know about Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin?

Inside Larry and Sergey's Brain skips past the general Google story and focuses on what really drives these men and where they will take Google in the future. Richard L. Brandt shows the company as the brainchild of two brilliant but individual men and looks at Google's business decisions in light of its founders' ambitions and beliefs.

Larry is the main strategist, with business acumen and practical drive, while Sergey is the primary technologist and idealist, with brilliant ideas and strong moral positions. But they work closely together, almost like complementary halves of a single brain. Larry is more socially awkward and rarely volunteers to answer questions. Sergey is more poised but is also shy with outsiders.

Through interviews with current and former employees, competitors, partners, and senior Google management, plus conversations with the founders themselves, Brandt demystifies the secret society that is Google, as well as clarifying a number of misconceptions.

For instance, it may seem more and more that Google wants to be something other than a search company as it expands into e-mail, cell phones, Web browsers, wiki information sites, social networks, and photo editing. But actually, Larry and Sergey just define search a little differently from everyone else. They also like to act as catalysts for change in industries (such as telecommunications) that affect their business.

Theoretically, any of half a dozen competitors could have gotten where Google is today. But in reality, none of them could have been Google, because they didn't have Larry and Sergey.

 

About Richard L. Brandt

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Richard L. Brandt is an award-winning journalist who has written about Silicon Valley for the past two decades, including fourteen years as a technology correspondent for BusinessWeek. He is also a consultant to entrepreneurial companies. The author of the blog Entrepreneur Watch and the book Capital Instincts.
 
Published September 17, 2009 by Portfolio Hardcover. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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Author and technology journalist Brandt provides an in-depth look at famously brainy Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, whose radically positive ""do no evil"" corporate philosophy has achieved astounding success.

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When discussing Google's supernetwork and its significance (and potential vulnerability) as a competitive advantage, Brandt observes, "Anyone who uses an application from Google is tapping into this incredible store of computing power.

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