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Founders of Google and Alphabet visit Singapore

SINGAPORE — Google and Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin made their first visit to Singapore on Thursday (Aug 3).

Founders of Google and Alphabet visit Singapore

Google co-founders Sergey Brin (far right) and Larry Page (in red) at the National Gallery with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Also with them is Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management at Google (far left). Photo: Google

SINGAPORE — Google and Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin made their first visit to Singapore on Thursday (Aug 3).

The pair met with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the National Gallery to learn more about Singapore’s development history.

Mr Page and Mr Brin, who founded search giant Google while they were PhD students at Stanford University, also visited the Port of Singapore and the URA City Gallery, the company said in a statement.

In August 2015, Google announced that it was reorganising its interests as a holding company called Alphabet, with Google being its leading subsidiary.

Commenting on the pair’s visit to Singapore, Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of the Economic Development Board (EDB) said: “EDB has been working closely with Google to leverage our strong base of engineering talent, availability of lead demand partners and ICT infrastructure to grow their operations in Singapore and business in the region.”

He added that “Google has been a key partner in helping equip Singaporeans with digital skills such as analytics and digital marketing”, and that EDB looks forward to “working together to create and develop a vibrant infocomm ecosystem in Singapore”.

Google declined to give more details about Mr Page and Mr Brin’s stay in Singapore.

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