G is for Google
In 1998, at the age of 26, Larry Page (BSE CE ’95) co-founded Google, Inc. and changed the world with his remarkable search engine. Now as the CEO of Google’s new parent company Alphabet, he’d like to change the world in other ways, like making the world’s information universally accessible and useful (the ultimate goal of Google), improving renewable energy technology, and building self-driving cars.
“It’s often easier to make progress on mega ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.”
Page plans to use Alphabet to expand his vision even further afield of Google’s web products. Some of their newest companies and acquisitions focus on healthcare, like Life Sciences (that works on glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity).
At Michigan, Larry Page was President of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. He participated in LeaderShape, and earned leadership awards for his efforts to improve the environment for all engineering students.
Page received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2009, and delivered the Commencement Address (watch Part 1 and Part 2). In his address to the crowd of new graduates, he told them about his family legacy at U-M. “My grandfather drove his two children to Ann Arbor and said, ‘this is where you’re going to college.’ Both did graduate from Michigan. That was the American dream.”