The 2009 Creativity 50: Sergey Brin and Larry Page

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Larry Page, Sergey Brin pictured l-r.
Larry Page, Sergey Brin pictured l-r.
Despite the economic woes that have led to some slowing ad growth, Sergey Brin and Larry Page have continued to create game-changing technology out of their ever-expanding Google universe. The pair saw their company move into the mobile market, with the Android phone for T-Mobile's G1 line capturing approval from geeks and 2% operating system market share in the U.S. during its first two months of release (according to Admob metrics reports). Google also took on Internet Explorer and Firefox with the Chrome browser, which launched in September 2008. According to Google product manager Brian Rakowski, the development process took two years, which in Google time is eons. "We usually like to launch stuff really fast," he says. Now that it has gone public, Rakowski and team are looking to make Google's browser baby even better, specifically when it comes to speed. "In terms of what browsers can do, I don't think we're anywhere near the limit. There are a millions of things we can do to make them go faster, everything from startup time, double-click time to how fast you load a page." Along with the tech offerings, Brin and Page also turned their focus to philanthropy with "Project 10 to the 100th," a contest celebrating Google's 10th anniversary in which anyone could submit ideas to the company that would be most beneficial to everyone on Earth. With $10 million committed to the winning ideas, Google received over 100,000 submissions with the top five to be determined by vote in March.

Rakowski, on the collaborative efforts between the Chrome and Android teams: "We actually sat in the same building with the Android team for a long time during the development process. You have a lot of informal conversations with them, but primarily our more directed focus is collaborating with Android on the underlying architecture, sharing the rendering engine which is called Webkit and also some of the other architecture beneath the browser that developers touch to make the pages render. We do coordinate with them quite a bit on that stuff. In terms of the features you see as a user of the browsers, it's more like we just bounce ideas and share the best ideas."
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