38 Facts About Larry Page

1. Lawrence Edward Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973 and is an American business magnate, computer scientist and internet entrepreneur.

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2. Larry Page is best known for co-founding Google with Sergey Brin.

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3. Larry Page was the chief executive officer of Google from 1997 until August 2001 then from April 2011 until July 2015 when he moved to become CEO of Alphabet Inc (created to deliver "major advancements" as Google's parent company), a post he held until December 4, 2019.

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4. Larry Page remains an Alphabet board member, employee, and controlling shareholder.

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5. Larry Page received the Marconi Prize in 2004 with co-writer Brin.

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6. Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973, in Lansing, Michigan.

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7. Larry Page was an avid reader during his youth, writing in his 2013 Google founders letter: "I remember spending a huge amount of time pouring [sic] over books and magazines".

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8. Larry Page became the "first kid in his elementary school to turn in an assignment from a word processor".

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9. Larry Page said that "from a very early age, I realized I wanted to invent things.

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10. Larry Page attended the Okemos Montessori School in Okemos, Michigan, from ages 2 to 7 (1975 to 1979).

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11. Larry Page developed a business plan for a company that would use software to build a music synthesizer during this time.

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12. Larry Page considered doing research on telepresence and self-driving cars during this time.

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13. Larry Page focused on the problem of finding out which web pages linked to a given page, considering the number and nature of such backlinks as valuable information for that page.

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14. At the time Larry Page conceived of BackRub, the Web comprised an estimated 10 million documents, with an untold number of links between them.

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15. Unaware of exactly what he was getting into, Larry Page began building out his crawler.

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16. In 1999, Larry Page experimented with smaller servers so Google could fit more into each square meter of the third-party warehouses the company rented for their servers.

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17. Larry Page believed that the faster Google's search engine returned answers, the more it would be used.

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18. Larry Page pushed for keeping Google's home page famously sparse in its design because it would help the search results load faster.

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19. Larry Page led the acquisition of Android for $50 million in 2005 to fulfill his ambition to place handheld computers in the possession of consumers so that they could access Google anywhere.

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20. Larry Page became passionate about Android and spent large amounts of time with Android CEO and cofounder Andy Rubin.

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21. The purchase was primarily motivated by Google's need to secure patents to protect Android from lawsuits by companies including Apple Inc Larry Page wrote on Google's official blog on August 15, 2011, that "companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android.

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22. In 2014, Larry Page sold Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion to Personal Computer maker, Lenovo which represented a loss in value of $9.5 billion over two years.

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23. Larry Page ventured into hardware and Google unveiled the Chromebook in May 2012.

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24. In January 2013, Larry Page participated in a rare interview with Wired, in which writer Steven Levy discussed Larry Page's "10X" mentality—Google employees are expected to create products and services that are at least 10 times better than those of its competitors—in the introductory blurb.

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25. Larry Page participated in a March 2014 TedX conference that was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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26. Larry Page went on to juxtapose that kind of incremental approach to his vision of Google counteracting calcification through driving technology innovation at a high rate.

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27. Larry Page announced a major management restructure in October 2014 so that he would no longer need to be responsible for day-to-day product-related decision making.

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28. Larry Page maintained that he would continue as the unofficial "chief product officer".

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29. About his then role as the company's CEO, Larry Page said: "I think my job as CEO—I feel like it's always to be pushing people ahead.

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30. Larry Page wrote that the motivation behind the reorganization is to make Google "cleaner and more accountable.

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31. On December 3, 2019, Larry Page announced that he will step down from the position of Alphabet CEO and would be replaced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

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32. Larry Page is a strategic backer in the Opener startup which is developing aerial vehicles for consumer travel.

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33. Larry Page is interested in the socio-economic effects of advanced intelligent systems and how advanced digital technologies can be used to create abundance, provide for people's needs, shorten the workweek, and mitigate the potential detrimental effects of technological unemployment.

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34. Larry Page helped to set up Singularity University, a transhumanist think-tank.

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35. In 2009, Larry Page began purchasing properties and tearing down homes adjacent to his home in Palo Alto to make room for a large ecohouse.

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36. Larry Page applied for Green Point Certification, with points given for use of recycled and low or no-VOC materials and for a roof garden with solar panels.

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37. In 2011, Larry Page bought the $45-million 193-foot superyacht Senses.

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38. Larry Page wrote on his Google+ page that "My wife and I just donated $15 million.

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