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The Google Story by David A. Vise
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Oct 02, 11

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Read in February, 2006

I work there now. I started at Google at the end of August 2005, right about the time the book ends. What's more, I came to the Bay Area in 1999, around the same time that Google started really taking off. I still remember the first time a friend mentioned Google to me, a new search engine that had a new page ranking system. I wasn't convinced at first and it took me a few years before I finally switched to Google for my web searches. Old habits die hard.

As I read through the book, going through the years, I could compare what was happening at Google to what I was doing at the time. What was I doing wherever instead of being where the action was at?

The authors are clearly big fans of Google and Larry and Sergey. At times, the are clearly gushing, including the parts about Larry and Sergey's chilhood. But overall, the book is very informative and clearly relates the spirit of innovation and caring that is the Google culture.
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