In 1997, Massimo Marchiori, an Italian science and math professor of the University of Padua, Italy, spoke at an internet conference in Santa Clara, California.
Massimo was working on a project called Hyper Search, a program that scanned links between web sites instead of the text on them.
“When I finished my presentation, a gentle boy approached me saying he found it very interesting,” Marchiori says in a phone interview. The boy was Page. They spent the entire next day discussing the future of the internet.
And when it was time to say goodbye, Page told his new Italian friend, “Man, I would like to develop your idea further,”. Page kept his promise.