Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have never been known for thinking small. The journalist Steve Levy writes about a 2004 conversation between Google co-founder (and now CEO) Page and then-CEO Eric Schmidt. They were discussing international expansion, and Schmidt asked Page how big Google should get.
"How many engineers does Microsoft have?" Page asked. Page was told Microsoft had about 25,000 engineers. "We should have a million," Page said.
That kind of restless ambition was on display today as Page and co-founder Sergey Brin announced a massive reorganization of Google. When the process is complete, Google will become a subsidiary of a new company called Alphabet, which will be a holding company for a variety of ambitious ventures undertaken by Brin and Page. Larry Page is stepping down as CEO in favor of a relative unknown, Sundar Pichai. http://www.vox.com/2015/8/10/9128375/why-google-is-renaming-itself-alphabet