October 20, 2004

When Infoseek kicked out Google

by brian_turner

In Search Memories, Mike Grehan relates a sessions at the summer’s SES in San Jose, when old hacks discussed the older days of search.

One by one, top staff at Infoseek, Excite, and Alta Vista, related on how they were approached by Larry Page and Sergey Brin with their PageRank algorithm – and one by one they shoved them out – Steve Kirsh, then director of Infoseek, telling the boys from Stanford to “Go pound sound”.

Instead, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. The rest is history.

Nowadays, Steve Kirsch is apparently lot more receptive to students from Standford. :)

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