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Meet the Italian Who Beat Google to Web Search — and Gave It Away  – Bloomberg

“After the speech, Marchiori returned home in the hopes of realizing his ambitious design. “When I came back to Italy, I asked the university for 20,000 euros to develop a search engine, but instead, they financed a project about the history of copper metallurgy in Italy,” he says. Meanwhile, Page got his first $100,000 check from Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. A spokeswoman for Google in Milan declined to comment.

Marchiori looked for a research job in Italian academia but opted to move to the U.S. instead. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he spent seven years working with Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.”

via Meet the Italian Who Beat Google to Web Search — and Gave It Away  – Bloomberg.



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