The 21 Most Important Googlers You've Never Heard Of (GOOG)Everyone knows about Larry, Sergey, and Eric. However, few people know about the rest of the Google team that really made it possible. We recently read Steve Levy's thorough book on Google, In The Plex, and pulled out some of the names that popped up. These people might not be as famous (or rich) as Larry and Sergey, but their contributions were key to making Google the beast it is today.Andy Bechtolsheim, Dave Cheriton, Ram Shriram, and Jeff Bezos were the first backers
Without investment from these angel investors, Google may not have been able to get going. Interestingly, Jeff Bezos was one of the first people. He might still be holding onto some Google stock, says Levy. Amit Singhal totally rewrote the code Google used to determine what mattered in search in 2001
The original code Google used to determine what signals mattered was written by Larry Page, but it was in desperate need of a rewrite. So early hire Amit Singhal did it. Five years later Singhal was named a Google fellow and probably awarded millions for his work. Matt Cutts killed porn from Google's results
Google needed to weed out unsafe results from its search, like Porn. Matt Cutts was the man tasked with looking at websites to determine what was and what was not porn. From there he assembled a list of signals for the search engine to filter out the filth. See the rest of the story at Business Insider For the latest tech news, visit SAI: Silicon Alley Insider. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.See Also:13 Unusual Ways Sergey Brin And Larry Page Made Google The Company To BeatMicrosoft Slams "Hidden Costs" Of Google AppsFacebook And Google Fighting Over Skype
An Open Letter Seeking Insight Into Google CEO Larry PageAfter Google's first earnings call under new CEO Larry Page, we wrote a post arguing that Larry had done exactly the right thing by basically ignoring Wall Street. (Larry spent a couple of minutes on the call and then went off to do something more important.) In general, we think that CEOs and companies spend way too much time obsessing about their stock prices and Wall Street, so it's always refreshing to see a CEO who doesn't play that game. We observed that Larry might be following the example of a couple of other super-successful CEOs who don't play that game--Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos and Buffett care deeply about the long-term quality and value of their companies, but they recognize that the short-term "how's the quarter" obsessions of Wall Street often conflict with increasing long-term value. As a result, they often make decisions that are expensive and margin- or growth-destroying for this year or next, but increase the competitive barriers or long-term value of the companies. Google is in a tough spot right now: Its core business, search, is maturing, and it has yet to develop a second major revenue stream. Google is also in a war with other huge competitors, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. And it is likely that any big new businesses Google develops will have lower product margins than its spectacular search business, which Wall Street won't like. So Google is faced with a choice: Maximize the profitability and growth of the core search business by cutting out everything else, or invest huge sums in other, lower-margin businesses that could potentially drive its next major growth wave. New CEO Larry Page, it seems, is pursuing the latter strategy. But when we wrote our post complimenting Larry for keeping Wall Street's short-term concerns in perspective, we quickly heard from a couple of folks who saw it differently. It wasn't that Larry was focusing on "long-term value," the writers said. It was that Larry just doesn't give a crap about shareholders. In this way, one of the writers said, Larry is very different from Bezos and Buffett--and not in a way that will necessarily increase Google's long-term value or make long-term shareholders (or short-term shareholders) happy. We've included two of the notes we received below. But before we get to them, we'd love hear from more of you who have insight into Larry and his likely plans for Google. One of the problems, after all, is that, unlike Bezos and Buffett, Larry has never articulated what his long-term mission and vision for Google is. In the past, Larry has pursued pet projects like wind power and self-driving cars that have nothing to do with Google's core business. And if Larry's plan is to double-down on these pet projects (and others), Google could lose discipline and focus and become a complete train wreck. So what do you think Larry's planning to do with Google? Drop me a note at email@example.com. I'll keep your identity confidential. (And, obviously, I invite Larry to drop me a note as well!) Here are two responses we've already received. More to follow. From an ex-Googler: Thoughts on Google: Larry will miss earnings the next several quarters, and possibly for many years. He wants to get aggressive with the company. He and Sergey honestly believe that every employee they hire will result in greater revenue. Really. Also, he does not believe in Product people - he only believes in Engineers. Look for Google's products to become even more nerd-centric. He is hiring aggressively and spending wildly. My 1-year target on Google stock is mid-400s. Larry has so much money that he is disconnected from the rest of the world, and is not the least bit afraid of spending whatever he wants. He and sergey only have a couple more years before they have lost control of the company, and they want to make their mark. That Google chart on your site that has analysts worried? That is exactly what Larry wants. Since every employee results in $1M more revenue, spending $522K per employee is still immensely profitable. Of course, they have no reason for the $1M/employee other than blind faith. In the past Eric kept the hiring in line with revenues. From an investor: I think you are wrong on the Larry Page post. Page doesn't give a shit about Wall Street because he doesn't give a shit about shareholders. Bezos is different. He is a student of Buffett and Graham and Dodd. He hails from the Street himself, and he and Bill Miller's team have been talking about shareholder value for years. Years. Page couldn't spell fiduciary duty and thinks of investors as a necessary evil. Huge difference. See Also: Here's The Chart That's Scaring The Crap Out Of Google Investors For the latest tech news, visit SAI: Silicon Alley Insider. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Google's Stock TanksGoogle Gets A Big Price Cut GOOGLE'S LARRY PAGE DOES EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING: Says "Whatever" To Wall Street
Larry Page Sounded Like A True CEO Today (GOOG)
Make no mistake: Larry Page is in charge. Today, he showed it. We were beginning to worry -- since he took over, there have been a bunch of press reports and books describing him as a recluse, a little bit shy, a little bit arrogant. Insiders say he's not communicating as much now as he did in his first weeks. On his first earnings call as CEO, he spoke for a couple minutes and didn't stick around for the Q&A session -- almost like he was embarrassed to be there. Or worse, bored. Today couldn't have been more different. He kicked off with a solid speech about why Google is in such a great position -- and then posted the whole thing, verbatim, to his Google+ account. (Talk about dogfooding!) Then he stuck around to answer questions, and even occasionally interjected where he wasn't expected or invited. In his speech, and again during the Q&A, he said he thinks of Google in three parts:
Search and advertising, which drive revenue today and are therefore still a huge area of focus.
Popular consumer products like Android, YouTube, and the Chrome browser. That's an area of investment now, but he's confident that they will figure out how to monetize them -- just like they figured out how to monetize search back when everybody said it was a dead-end business.
Long-term investments like Google+, Offers, and other local products, which are just rolling out now.
He also compared Google to a toothbrush: he wants people to use the company's products twice a day, every day. Throughout it all, he was relaxed and even a little bit funny. He seemed to be enjoying himself, like when he answered a question about whether Google manages for the company's stock price: We have a lot of things to do at Google, and we don't control our stock price. You guys control that. (Of course, it's easy to relax when you just posted a monster quarter.) Former Google employees who worked with Page regard him as a genius. But his reluctance to engage the outside world made it hard to understand what they were talking about. Hopefully, today marks the beginning of a change. See also: Google's Q2 Earnings Blow Past Expectations. Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Will Larry Page's Second Earnings Report Be Better Than His First?THE GOOGLE INVESTOR: Wall Street Weighs In On Google Earnings Before The BellCHART OF THE DAY: This Is What Microsoft Is Getting For Its Big Bing Investment
WALKTHROUGH: How Google Plans To Change Search Results With Google+ (GOOG)
This morning, Google made some changes to its search engine that will make results more personal, based on what you and your friends have shared on Google+. This isn't the first time that Google has brought information from Google+ into search results, but it's the first hint of how Google will revolutionize what search means by adding more "social" signals -- your contacts and the things you share with each other. Here's a walkthrough of everything Google is doing to bring Google+ into search results.Here's a generic search on the term "Chikoo," which is a fruit and a file organizing app for the Mac.
But Google search chief Amit Singhal had a dog named Chikoo. His search shows posts related to Chikoo at the top (red arrow). The Wikipedia entry is still second, but the images (yellow arrow) now have a bunch of pictures of his former dog. (The green arrow points to where you can turn this feature off.)
Here's a search for the name Ben Smith. Results include a political blogger, hockey player, and Texas singer-songwriter.
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