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The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

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Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, "change the world" through a powerful search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. The Google Story takes you deep inside the company's wild ride from an idea that struggled for funding in 1998 to a firm that r ...more
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Published September 23rd 2008 by Delta (first published September 29th 2006)
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Igor Tsinman
Google. Прорыв в духе времени стоит прочитать хотя бы потому, что ее продукты используются ежедневно и повсеместно.

Но,как говорится: Давайте без фанатизма!!! . Эта книга далеко не венец литературного слога, да и перевод (мягко говоря, не идеален).

Первая часть книги (и самая интересная) это хронология: что задумали, с кем встречались, кто и сколько дал бабла, кто поверил, а кто нет, что говорили конкуренты и т.д.

Общую же мысль книги для себя я определил вот так:

Как сделать хорошо, то чего в
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Girish
Jun 16, 2016 Girish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Google Story was a fascinating peek into the biggest brand and arguably the most successful technology company of all times. I remember some 8 years ago, when the book had come out everybody I met had read it already and were raving about it. I think the marketing term is reverse-bandwagon effect, I put off reading it then for the very same reason.

Writing about an organization while it is in existence is indeed tough - especially if it is written by a news reporter. The chapters are essays o
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Mohammed Al-Abdullah

أسعد الله أوقاتكم جميعا .. قد تستغرب العنوان عزيزي القارئ لكني أحببت أن نتشارك المعرفة في موضوع تقني يهم جميع مستخدميها .. لأن هذا الوقت هو وقت المعلومة الأسرع .. كتاب قصة جوجل .. يحكي قصة أغرب الشركات وأكثرها إثارة للجدل في وول-ستريت , عندما تبدأ بقراءة قصة المؤسسين سيرجي برين -ذو الأصول الروسية- ولاري بيج عندما كانا يدرسان الدكتوراه في جامعة ستانفورد في علوم الحاسب والرياضيات -شابين في في العقد الثالث من العمر , ابنين لعائلة أكاديمية - , عندما كان المجتمع يشتكي من ضعف محركات البحث القديمة المو
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Neeraj Bali
This is a remarkable story put together by someone who apparently had limited access to the mysterious labyrinths of Google. The book’s jacket clearly tells us that the book was not created, authorised or endorsed by Google, Inc.
The narrative is starry-eyed and rarely reflects on the downside of Google’s journey. No doubt, the founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin fully deserve many of the kudos that came their way. Still, I came away with a feeling that the story could have been more balanced.
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Anoud
Nov 06, 2008 Anoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Could I be more in love with this company!!!!

Last year one of our instructors showed us a short documentary about Google workplace. I remember the first thing popped into my mind was like; Man, they've got to be kidding!! .
I mean the wacky environment and behaviors; you might find someone's walking in his pajama. Another one is doing his laundry!! And a third is getting a massage, while the fourth is playing with her puppy!! Oh, and let me add this a BARBERSHOP in your office, and of course the
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Tushar Damle
Jul 12, 2014 Tushar Damle rated it really liked it
The book chronicles the journey of Google from its early days in the garage of a Paolo Alto residence, to mid 2005, roughly a year after Google went public. It is extensive in scope and covers everything from the idea search using 'pagerank', which led Google's founding, the early struggles of Larry and Sergey to get capital and their subsequent effort to make Google profitable, to their other products like Gmail and AdSense, their IPO and Google's future plans.

One of the recurring themes in th
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Sergey Khomyuk
Gooooogle... как много в этом звуке для сердца IT-шника слилось! Вот я наконец-то и добрался до истории легендарной компании, оказавшей столь значительное влияние на развитие IT индустрии. Было очень любопытно взглянуть с чего начинался путь этого многомиллиардного колосса, поближе познакомиться с его основателями, узнать, что их мотивировало, к чему они стремились и какие ошибки они совершали.

История Google, конечно не столь драматична, как история Apple, в ней нет столь харизматичного и против
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Santhosh
Aug 27, 2012 Santhosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About: Founding, rise, and establishing of Google. The mistakes that competitors made, the philosophy behind "Do No Evil", Stanford, the simple, plain homepage, the Google business model, the 'attitude', $85, dreams, guts, confidence, Sergey Brin & Larry Page, garage, Googleplex, Charlie's, AOL-Europe contract (just like in Archer's Fourth Estate), acquisitions, Microsoft, China, Redmond, finance, Wall Street, the present, litigation, burst bubble, geeks, GLAT, Search, genetics, the future.. ...more
Nandasiri Wanninayaka
Aug 21, 2014 Nandasiri Wanninayaka rated it it was amazing
I read The Google Story a couple of years ago. It is meant to be the history of the Google Inc. but it looked more of a detective story as the whole book is very interesting with unbelievable incidents. The way Sergey Brin and Larry Page got together, the way they dropped out of Stanford University, their constant experimentations, expanding, meeting venture capitalists, investments pouring in and hiring a CEO are equally interesting incidents in Google’s way to success. It is amazing to read ho ...more
Mohamed ElSifi
In The Plex is away better.
Togar  Silaban
Google dalam waktu 6 tahun memang telah menggegerkan dunia. Para saingannya dibuat kalang kabut, bahkan Bill Gates bos Microsoft termasuk yang ketar-ketir menghadapi Google. Saat buku The Google Story karya David A. Vise diterbitkan ditahun 2005, Google bahkan masih terus menikmati kejayaanya. Saat inipun Google masih terus melakukan inovasi-inovasi untuk memantapkan kerajaannya di dunia internet. Google Labs sebagai wadah untuk mencoba produk-produk baru yang terus bertambah jumlahnya. Andapun ...more
صبا
Mar 20, 2010 صبا rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
صدمت في بداية قراءتي للكتاب من معرفة أصول مؤسسا جوجل اليهودية ، و انتماؤهم لـ"إسرائيل" ، خاصة أن الفصل الأول كان يقدمهما من خلال محاضرة أعطوها في جامعة هناك يحثون الطلاب على الإنتاج كما فعلوا . مشاعر متضاربة ، بين الدعوات المنتشرة بكثافة عن "مقاطعة" المنتجات اليهودية ، و بين فكرة أن الإنترنت بدون جوجل و منتجاتها لا تعني شيئا ، لي على الأقل . دفعني هذا لكثير من التفكر في مسألة المقاطعة و أبعادها بشكل عملي في محيطاتنا . ربما أناقشها في المدونة .

عدا عن ذلك ، الكتاب جميل يسبر أغوار تجربة جوجل و كيف
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Tim
Aug 16, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book and perhaps more so I loved the Google story. Are the Google guys really the goodies? I'm not sure but I need to believe that one can be financially successful without having to sell your soul or move away from your true goals and that is what I got most from this book. Guys wanting to create the best, not veering from the path despite the pressures. Not even wondering how it is going to make a dime. Simply focused on getting it right.

The Google story puts any other ide
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Melissa
Sep 29, 2007 Melissa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: business and computing students
I have a big interest in marketing and business, and I found this book to be a very well structured and interesing narrative of how one company came up with something new and better and brought their business vision to fruition.

Especially fascinating were the details of how the leadership roles were split amongst the creators and the CEO they hired, and how they compare with some of the traditional modes of leadership in Silicon Valley business ventures.

Their work culture philosophy is also in
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Indah
Nov 13, 2008 Indah rated it liked it
Bisnis, Media, dan Teknologi Terhangat Saat Ini

Penulis : David A. Vise dan Mark Malseed
Penerbit : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Sampul dikerjakan oleh : Sofnir Ali
Setting : Rahayu Lestari
Cetakan Pertama : Juli 2006

Siapa yang tak kenal dengan situs mesin pencari paling unggul, cepat, mudah dan tak berbayar didunia, Google. Dikalangan pengguna internet, tak ada yang tak kenal nama Google. Bisa dibilang dalam satu hari, situs mesin pencari ini adalah yang paling sering dikunjungi. Google adalah Raja did
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Mohammed
May 28, 2011 Mohammed rated it liked it
This is a very exciting book that talks about two young entrepreneurs whom have built a giant internet empire. It covers the early stages of how they met each other, how the search engine idea originated, how they gathered the funds necessary to start the company and the story goes on …
I liked the style of the author bringing the pieces together. The only drawback from my point of view is that this book stops at year 2006 and as we all know Google is a very large and growing business entity wher
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Neha Jain
Feb 05, 2016 Neha Jain rated it it was amazing
Loved the book!! As a reader, non-nonsense fast paced style. As a google lover, seems like I have seen it through. :)
Ruta Buciunaite
Jul 11, 2015 Ruta Buciunaite rated it liked it
Perskaičiusi šią knygą, ėmiau žymiai labiau vertinti tai, ką Google padarė - ir vis dar daro - pasauliui. Atrodo, jog tai tikrai yra etiška kompanija, kilusi iš akademinės bendruomenės ir glaudžiai su ja bendradarbiaujanti (priešingai negu, pavyzdžiui, "Facebook"), įsteigta ir valdoma begalo protingų žmonių su plačia ir visaapimančia vizija tiek moksle, tiek technologijoje, tiek verslo vadyboje.

Įdomiausia buvo sužinoti apie kompanijos įsteigimą, pačią pirminę Sergėjaus ir Lario idėją (principing
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Krishna Kumar
May 19, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it it was ok
I was reading “The Search” by John Battelle and reserved a copy of the “The Google Story” at the library. After reading it, I am thinking, why did I bother? Battelle’s book is a much better one in all respects as it takes the author through the history of search engines and compared Google with other search ideas and implementations.

“The Google Story”, however, is a cheerleading exercise for Google Inc. The authors have put the two founders on a pedestal and worship everything that they did. The
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Russel Wehsener
Mar 03, 2015 Russel Wehsener rated it it was amazing
I recently read "The Google Story" by David A. Vise. I read this book because, well, it just sounded interesting. This book takes you through the long hours, and countless steps Larry Page, and Sergey Brin went through to get the company they have today, along with the 32 billion dollars they both made off of it. The book starts out with two Stanford PhD students with a dream to make searching the internet easier. As they buy computers parts and download the internet, school is now just in the w ...more
Noah F
Apr 06, 2014 Noah F rated it really liked it
In The Google Story if one works hard enough and is not afraid to go their own way they can be extremely successful. That is exactly how Larry Page and Sergey Brin made Google the success that it is today. Larry and Sergey met at a Stanford new student orientation in the spring of 1995. They became friends instantly. Google started out as a search engine called BackRub. When they decided to give it a new name it took them days of brainstorming to come up with Googolplex. Googolplex is an extreme ...more
Rose Behar
Dec 17, 2015 Rose Behar rated it it was ok
This was a surprisingly poor book. I picked it up in part because I'd seen it around quite a lot-- it was at one point a bestseller-- and I expected even an average amount of quality information on one of the world's predominant tech companies. If you extract the actual information from the fluff, however, you have a lengthy pamphlet.
The effusive writing read like a poster board project from a teen on their favourite celeb, and the chronology was often confusing, with the author sometimes leavi
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Troy Blackford
Mar 27, 2014 Troy Blackford rated it it was amazing
This is the second book about Google I have read. The edition of this book that I read came out in 2005, and went up through the creation of Gmail. This is an excellent book, and the only caveat about it is it ends about ten years ago. Many exciting developments have come out of Mountain View since then. But since every book must be written at some point in time, this can't really be held against it. Additionally, the fact that it had much less ground to cover than the book 'In the Googleplex' ( ...more
Gordon Alley
Oct 22, 2014 Gordon Alley rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
This is a very intriguing and interesting story of how two young guys changed the world through their search engine called Google. The story is very inspiring and motivating as I wonder what God can do through two young guys growing up in 2014 that can literally change the world through the power of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God.
مثقف
Oct 01, 2009 مثقف rated it really liked it
كتاب رائع يشرح كل التفاصيل التي مرت بها قوقل
استغربت من قمة الذكاء التي يتميز بها مؤسسان قوقل
حقيقه انهم مدرسة وتجربة قوقل من اعظم التجارب التجارية في هذا القرن بالنسبة لي
طبعا ً انا قرأة النسخه العربية من الكتاب
Ronak Patel
May 09, 2015 Ronak Patel rated it really liked it
Google story, no like other story is one of its kind.
The book is worth every word written inside which would give you very small details about the Google since its inception. Right form standford campus how Larry & Sergey made billion $ organization & at the delight of end user without charging anything,virtually.

Apart from how it was Idea was converted into start up & then into world known organization, it also gives you principles for which google stands for, though you might feel
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Ajibola
May 14, 2014 Ajibola rated it it was amazing
A nice narration of Google's history from inception up until 2006. Quite interesting reading some of the forward looking ideas that were written in this book almost 10 years ago and the state at which Google is now mirror those values so closely still.

Also very interesting mentions of the connection of other companies like Overture, AOL, Yahoo etc to the Google Economy. The early connection of the Google founders to high education and their links with Stanford and University of Michigan.

A litt
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Bjarnim
good insight into the development of google. All these google books need updating now after significant changes in recent months/years.
Lane Willson
Jan 08, 2014 Lane Willson rated it liked it
There is an old saying that probably should be updated. "Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door...right after it Google's you to find how to get there." The Google Story:Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time was as captivating as the story of Google. Arguably, a member of the second wave of technology that took the freedoms discovered in the personal computing revolution, Google helped us understand the power of the information supe ...more
Евгений Сергеев
Ребенок (10 лет) читая эту книгу задал вопрос: "А что такое порно-сайты?" И как ответить?
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