The idea of making billions of dollars on a business based on searching online indexes is inconceivable, except when you consider how the Internet has changed the business world. This concept is so vague that it is difficult even to consider, let alone write about. Yet author John Battelle has done a thorough, entertaining job of identifying how this attempt to pin down cyberspace works, and how two graduate students turned their mathematical challenge into Google, the fastest growing company in history. While this is primarily a corporate biography, Battelle does not pander to the company’s billionaire founders. They are portrayed as authoritarian geeks with few warm qualities - and as visionary engineers who turned their killer application into a business that successfully defied Wall Street when it went public. This is a great story. getAbstract.com recommends it to technology fans searching for meaning and to business readers who want to understand the future of search technology. Or, as Google says: search and you shall find.
About the Author
John Battelle is co-founding editor of Wired and the founder of The Industry Standard, as well as TheStandard.com. He is currently program chair for the Web 2.0 conference, a columnist for Business 2.0 and the founder, chairman and publisher of Federated Media Publishing, Inc.
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