The Importance of Larry Page and Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs once said, “My favorite things in life doesn’t cost money, it’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time” (Jobs). After researching his life it's clear that Steve Jobs lived his life based off this quote. Larry Page is another person, we can see by observation, who lives by this quote. Both of these pioneers of technology knew that they had to complete a task in a certain amount of time. While in the process of making a new device or software, they knew if the release of the device would have to be delayed to produce a more efficient product, or if their progression of designing a new product was on time and running smoothly for them to release a device on the projected release date. Although these innovators had different pathways to success, they both contributed greatly to our current day technology.
Larry Page and Steve Jobs were both interested in technology in the early stages of their life. It was no surprise that Page’s interest in technology came at an early age due to his mother teaching computer programming and his father being a pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence. Page grew up in a household with computers, science magazines, gadgets, you name it! Jobs, although not having as much interest in technology as Larry Page did as a child, was a very intelligent student. In fact he was so ingenious that his administrators wanted him to skip ahead into high school, but his parents respectfully declined the offer.
Larry Page completed all four years of college attending The University of Michigan graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. After deciding what he wanted to pursue as a career he attended Stanford University seeking to become a computer engineer. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, attended Reed College, but unfortunately dropped out after only one semester! Although he dropped out, he remained at Reed College taking auditing classes, especially interested in calligraphy and typography.
When Larry Page first went to visit Stanford University, he was introduced to a student, Sergey Brin, whom was assigned to give him a tour of the school. Over their time spent at Stanford University, they became very close friends despite the constant arguing on who was right and who was wrong. Then one day they began collaborating on a research project called, “Backrub”! Backrub was a search engine that operated on Stanford’s servers for over a year eventually taking up too much space for it to handle causing a problem for Page and Brin. Therefore, they registered a domain for a new search engine called, “Google”. They named Google after the mathematical term googol, which refer to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The name, “Google” reflects Larry and Sergey’s mission to organize an infinite amount of information on the web. Steve Jobs, instead of taking up an Engineering class in college, was assigned a task to create a simple game on a computer. While assigned this project he was partnered up with Steve Wozniak to design this game. Jobs and Wozniak spent weeks in Jobs’ garage trying to design this game. In the process of doing so, Jobs realized how educated Wozniak was with a computer. With this in mind he took Wozniak’s computer skills and his own knowledge in business and negotiation to create the company, Apple!
Google is currently the most popular and successful search engine in the world receiving an average of 5.9 billion searches per day as of 2013. Google has made learning, researching, working, and essentially everything in life easier, faster and better to accomplish. Google is extremely helpful in school for research in projects and book reports. Also Google offers “Google Drive” which allows us to keep all of our files in a safe place where we never have to worry about a document getting deleted. Along with Google, Apple, in releasing the Iphone, Ipad, Macbook, and Imac, gives us powerful devices for us to research tasks in our school assignments. Apple’s products uses advanced technologies to accomplish tasks in a more simple and efficient way.
While reading about all these outstanding accomplishments Larry Page and Steve jobs have achieved, you may wonder where they are today. Larry Page is currently the CEO of Google Inc. and founder of Alphabet Inc. which, not that many people know, owns Google. Page was announced in September of 2015, being the 16th most richest people in the world having a net worth of 33.3 billion dollars according to Forbes. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, sadly past away in 2011 due to pancreatic cancer. Despite his passing, Apple is still up and running being one of the best companies in the world ran by CEO Tim Cook.
Although Apple is a very successful business, we will never know how efficient their products could have been with Steve Jobs. I assure he would be very proud of the content his company is producing, but I also think that they would have even more advanced technologies built into their products with Jobs still around. Besides the fact, Page is doing very well being the CEO of Google always trying to improve his search engine giving us good information in a fast and reliable way. Overall, we can conclude that both of these pioneers of technology dedicated their lives to becoming innovators in trying to improve society through the power of technology. I can proudly say that although these men had bumpy hills down the road and had very different life styles in learning and developing their inventions, they became two of the most successful men on the earth in achieving their goals, helping others!
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