Found this article about Sergey Brin – it covers everything from Sergey’s casual attire at work, to his electric massage chair, to his Russian-Jewish upbringing. Even if you don’t like Google or Sergey, you simply cannot pass up on reading about the founders of one of the largest corporations in the world.
Some highlights from the article…
- A typical workday finds him in jeans, sneakers and a fitted black T-shirt
- Sergey and Larry share the title of president
- Google’s workers enjoy such family-friendly perks as three free meals a day, free home food delivery for new parents, designated private spaces for nursing mothers, and full on-site medical care, all of which recently led Fortune magazine to rank the company as the #1 place to work in the country
- Dad: Michael, 59, a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland; Mom: Eugenia, 58, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
- They had to leave Russia due to anti-semitism. For many Soviet Jews, exit visas never came. But, in May 1979, the Brins were granted papers to leave the U.S.S.R. They were among the last Jews allowed to leave until the Gorbachev era.
- At Stanford, he was known for his habit of bursting in on professors without knocking.
- His father once remarked, “I asked him if he was taking any advanced courses, and he said, ‘yes, advanced swimming.’”
- In the spring of 1995, during a prospective student weekend, Sergey met an opinionated computer science student from the University of Michigan named Larry Page. They talked and argued over the course of two days, each finding the other cocky and obnoxious. They also formed an instant connection, relishing the intellectual combat.
- Larry and Sergey shopped (Google) around to various companies for the price of $1 million. No one was interested.
- Sun Microsystems cofounder Andy Bechtolsheim (himself a Jewish immigrant from Germany) wrote a $100,000 check to “Google, Inc.” The only problem was, “Google, Inc.” did not yet exist—the company hadn’t yet been incorporated. For two weeks, as they handled the paperwork, the young men had nowhere to deposit the money.
- He shops at Costco
- Finally, “Don’t Be Evil.”
Enjoy The Story of Sergey Brin
– Ravi Jayagopal / LinkOverLoad.com
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