In the beginning, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin tried to license Google to other companies because they wanted to finish their PhD's, but none were interested. Google was started out of desperation; they had no other option but to start the company themselves. Though the founders do worry about competition, the barrier to entry is continuously increasing as Google indexes more and more documents and becomes the foundation of so many other services.
One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Notable alumni include author John Steinbeck, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.