Monday, October 23, 2006

The Google Story

The Google Story is light reading and doesn't reveal too much in business secrets. One of the reason is the relatively young age of the company.

The interesting things to gather from this book is that:

  1. Larry & Sergey (the founders) managed to pit Sequioa Capital & Kleiner Perkins, two of the biggest VC's in Silicon Valley against one another so that they could retain majority ownership.

  2. They share characteristics like other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Jobs and Gates:
    • They're smart... really smart.

    • They are brash in their opinions and would argue with other people.

    • They're excellent businessmen and know how to cut a deal or sense a business opportunity or partnership.

  3. No one sets out to be rich in a startup. Though they do know that you need to survive, the vision was to provide value and a great product, something better than what the market offered.

Sergey's father used to work for the USSR and would come up with "statistics" to show that life in the Soviet Union was better than the United States. This reminds me of the current debacle in Malaysia of the Malaysian government insisting that their survey results are superior than ASLI's independent analysis.

It's an easy read and can be read in one week.

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