Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Time To Leave The Roost

Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost.  While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents -- offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!

We are deeply humbled to have seen a small research project develop into a source of knowledge and empowerment for billions -- a bet we made as two Stanford students that led to a multitude of other technology bets.  We could not have imagined, back in 1998 when we moved our servers from a dorm room to a garage, the journey that would follow.

-- Larry Page and Sergey Brin in "A letter from Larry and Sergey", announcing their departure from active management of Google and its parent company Alphabet, 3 December 2019

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