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David Drummond Speaks

When Google Almost Went Bankrupt

Why you should care

The multibillion dollar company you know today was once just two students looking for a lawyer to help them start their business — David Drummond was, and is, their guy.

Drummond on yellow backdrop facing the camera standing left of center

Source: Leslie dela Vega

You probably use it every day, and chances are you’ve wondered how it is, exactly, that Google makes its money. David Drummond, the search giant’s top lawyer, rarely gives interviews, but few people have clearer insight into what it’s been like to watch the company grow, how it makes decisions about where to invest next and, moreover, what’s ahead for Silicon Valley as a whole.

In part one of OZY’s in-depth interview with this influential insider, we asked Drummond about Google’s early days on Stanford’s campus and learned that the way they went from cool idea to hugely profitable business was by taking a risk so big it could have buried them.

Check in for part two, where Drummond tells us how Google approaches acquisitions and why they’re willing to spend so much on companies you’ve never heard of.

David Drummond is an investor, adviser and contributor to OZY.

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