This week, we’ve seen a lot of coverage of Google’s 10th anniversary, yet most writers have spent little time covering Google’s really early days, when the company was just a scrappy startup with a handful of employees. Here’s a great interview with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin from January 1999, by Karsten Lemm, a correspondent for the German newsmagazine Stern. An excerpt from Google’s First Steps:
How do you see Google develop? At some point, do you see yourselves on par with AltaVista, Excite, all these other established search engines?
Sergey: I would say no. We want to be on par with Yahoo, or Amazon, AOL. AltaVista, Excite and [the others] are by no means viewed as the winners. There’s no question, we want to be number one in market share in terms of search. And I think we can do that in not so long. Past that, it’s really hard to predict.