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#105 – Arkady Volozh

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Happy Hanukkah!

Russians. Russian culture. Russian things. It all fascinates us Westerners. How can Russians be so close geographically, yet so far culturally? CIS1 countries are like an entirely parallel universe, that’s how different they are to us.
And for a different world they need a different search engine!

Here comes Arkady Volozh, Russian Jew, the creator of the Yandex search system. It’s Google’s first competitor in Russia and CIS. It prioritizes info to fit Russian needs first. Did I mention that Yandex is so huge, that it has many sub-services like Yandex.Food, Yandex.Money, Yandex.Taxi, Yandex.Station with its own voice assistant Alisa – Russian “sister” of Alexa, Siri and Google?

Yandex became Russian Amazon and Russian Google combined. Thanks to Arkady, Russian lives are now easier and enjoyable!

Here’s a photo of Arkady Volozh and his colleagues from Yandex taking Jimmy Wales (a fellow Jew) on a tour of Yandex’s HQ in Moscow, Russia.

#104 – Jimmy Wales

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Happy Hanukkah!

Jimmy Wales is the co-founder of Wikipedia, as well as the hosting company Wikia (now known as Fandom).

If Google is a quick way of getting a knowledge – Wikipedia is The Knowledge itself, localized in a single one-stop site. Wikipedia, which boasts the title of “the free encyclopedia”, is the layer of sources and facts brought up by the smartest minds of the world. Anyone from anywhere can edit the page, if new info about something comes up, and other community members decide if it’s correct. All this for a free website!

Need info for school essay? Consider Wikipedia. Need some sources to confirm your point? Consider Wikipedia. Need to write a page about a person? Consider researching Wikipedia, of course. And it’s all available thanks to Jimmy.

In conclusion, it’s fair to say that Wikipedia is our greatest ally in gathering valuable information we may otherwise never have known about!

#103 – Susan Wojcicki

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Happy Hanukkah!

Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing website, and 2nd popular website ever.

I’ll be honest, I like to spend time on YouTube instead of working, and I am sure some of our readers feel the same way. Why is that, we ask? Due to Susan’s management skills, YouTube developers were able to write some algorithms that make us stay on YouTube perhaps for longer than we’d like to. YouTube recommends us video that it knows we will enjoy, so we keep coming back for more informative and entertaining clips.

Susan’s sister, Anne Wojcicki is Sergey Brin‘s ex-wife. Sergey and Anne still run The Brin Wojcicki Foundation.

#102 – Larry Page

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Happy Hanukkah! Festive posting commences again, and now it’s Larry Page, Sergey Brin‘s friend.
Larry is a co-creator and co-founder of Google.
Google is the search engine that does not need any kind of introduction. We all use Google, because Google is simple and effective.
Larry met Sergey in Stanford when they were PhD students. Their project “BackRub” evolved to what we know now as Google1

#101 – Sergey Brin

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Happy Hanukkah! The second person on our festive posting will be Sergey Brin.
The co-founder of Google, the most popular search engine.
In the modern days – knowledge is power. And I mean it both in “big” ways and “small” ways. Being able to cook steak is a sort of power too! When we need something done right – we google it to get an instruction. Need to wash clothing? Google how to do it. Need to get food delivery? Google a food delivery service. Need some fixes to your Python code? Just Google it!
So, basically, we can thank Sergey and his colleagues for making our lives dozens of times easier!

#100 – Mark Zuckerberg

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Today is the 10th of December, which means that this is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy holiday to everyone!

Which better Jew to start our festive series with than Mark Zuckerberg himself? Mark is the creator of the Facebook, the most popular social media in the Internet. We’ve all used Facebook at some point, so I’m certain it doesn’t need any introduction.

Fun fact: Facebook’s servers are located in Menlo Park, California!