The house that helped build Google: Fascinating story about the woman who owned the actual garage where Google was started.
After earning her MBA in 1998, Wojcicki bought 232 Santa Margarita Ave. for about $600,000. She rented the garage to two Stanford students for $1,700 a month to help with the mortgage. The renters: no ordinary slackers, but the Google Guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who incubated Google right there.
What’s interesting is that this woman took a job at Google, and has become a top executive there — Google Adsense was all her idea, apparently. It gets better: her sister Anne went on to marry Sergey Brin. So now she’s the boss’s sister-in-law.
The article is more about her than the house, but it’s really interesting to see everything that came from a simple real estate arrangement.
I just checked my garage to see if there’s anyone out there cooking up something amazing. [Sigh] No one but the cat.