Google Thanks Yahoo! for its Success

Posted by jonathan at 4:38pm EST on 04/22/2007

Very few people go into the history of Google to see where and when the company actually started. I’m doing a research project on Google for one of my senior classes and thought this point was exceptionally interesting.

…among those they called on was friend and Yahoo! founder David Filo. Filo agreed that their technology was solid, but encouraged Larry and Sergey to grow the service themselves by starting a search engine company. “When it’s fully developed and scalable,” he told them, “let’s talk again.” Others were less interested in Google, as it was now known. One portal CEO told them, “As long as we’re 80 percent as good as our competitors, that’s good enough. Our users don’t really care about search…”

So looking back at history through that statement, Google really has no one else to thank for even the idea of Google, but none other than Yahoo! Larry Page and Sergey Brin may have not ever thought of creating their company if it hadn’t been for their friend David Filo.

12 years later, after the initial thought of Google, we see Google as being the third largest tech company in the world. With search as only one element of the business core for Google, I can personally appreciate the blood, the sweat, and the energy that those two great executives, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have put into the heart of Google.

Along came Eric Schmidt and that’s when things really started getting hot. Schmidt has taken Google to a level that may have never crossed either of those two young executives’ minds. A level which is global. Google has reached a point where their stock is sky-rocketing, they have global presence, their products have become an everyday need, and a level where it seems people can’t live without Google.

I know for sure that I would have a hard time dealing with my everyday activities if it weren’t for the amazing Google products that are free to use. Google has done just an amazing job at creating innovative, unique, and usable products.

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