They met in 1995 at Stanford University when they were 22. After spending an entire day arguing and failing to agree about anything, they decided to become friends. Larry, a PhD student in Computer Science, and Sergey, a maths nerd, collaborated on a search engine they called BackRub. They tried selling their idea to companies like Yahoo! and AltaVista, but they weren’t happy with the money they were offered. Then (thankfully) they dropped the name BackRub and went on to develop the search engine themselves under the name Google. The rest is history.
The distinctive black cube on the Johan Huizingalaan (next to the A4 and A10 ringway) was originally built as IBM’s headquarters. The adjacent hall served as a typewriter factory. After IBM left its premises, several developers prepared large-scale area development with offices as its main focus. The plan was to build an “extension of the Zuidas” (major business district along the ringway A10) in this spot.
Founders Guus, Ricardo and Bas decided to take action. The office building, with her excesses – large floors, accessibility, and robustness – afforded an opportunity to do things differently. Today, it is the lively center of B. where innovative entrepreneurs meet. ‘B.1’ houses 350 pioneering companies, rooftop restaurant Bureau, a rooftop park, coffee lounges, a cinema and gym.
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