In the mid 1990s, a couple of Stanford graduate students visited the popular search engines of the day, offering to license new technology they had developed. Executives from AltaVista and Excite weren't impressed. Infoseek CEO Steve Kirsch told the duo to "go pound sand." So, with none of the major players interested, Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to start their own little company called Google.
In today's SearchDay article, Search Memories, Mike Grehan reports on a panel at the recent Search Engine Strategies conference where veterans of AltaVista, Excite and Infoseek reminisced about the early days of web search and opined about Google, then and now.