Rajeev Motwani on early days of Google

Quoting Rajeev Motwani who was a mentor to the Larry, Sergey duo @ Stanford

Meanwhile the World Wide Web was coming around at that time and I just got sucked into that. Sergey Brin and Larry Page were running a searchengine out of Stanford. These 21-year-olds would come in and make demands on me – we need more disk space because we are crawling the Web and its getting bigger, we need to buy more disk… I’d give them more  money and they’d go buy more disks.

At some point these guys said, we want to go do a company. Everybody said you must be out of your minds.There are like 37 search engines out there and what are you guys going to do? And how are you going to raise money, how will you build a company, and these two guys said, we’ll just do it and they went off and did it.And there are some big names who supported the company in its early stages. And then they took over the world. And right now, you know,other search engines do not even compare. It is just amazing.

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