By John Battelle
When he first met Larry Page in the summer of 1995, Sergey Brin was a second-year grad student in the computer science department at Stanford University. Page’s dissertation topic led naturally to the birth of a search engine and his name was the basis for an algorithm that is still hotly debated on the Web today, PageRank. Google started life on Stanford’s network in 1996 and its crawler once consumed nearly half of Stanford’s entire network bandwidth, not to mention bringing down Stanford’s Internet connection regularly.
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