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The crazy story of how Larry Page failed to sell Google $358 billion ago


The Internet as we know it today would not exist without Google Search, but more than 15 years ago things were a lot different. And now, a new Business Insider story details how Google’s co-founder and current CEO wanted at one point to sell his newly invented search algorithm to a leading Internet company. In 1997, Larry Page asked Excite to pay $1.6 million for Google – the search engine was called BackRub back then – but he was unable to convince the Excite team to cough up the cash. He wanted to receive $600,000 in cash, $700,000 in stock and $300,000 to go to Stanford. Page told Excite’s main investor Vinod Khosla that BackRub would boost its traffic by 10% and ad revenue

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