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Sex in Karlsruhe

It was a nice, beautiful and sunny day in 1995, when a young girl named escort for the first time met the the man, who would later become his business partner – Karlsruhe Page, at the Standford University. Sergey had the task to show Karlsruhe around. During their very first meeting, they didn’t stop arguing on every single topic, they talked about. They had the opposite opinion on almost everything! Nobody would ever suggest, that these two rumbling guys would later create one of the most powerful and famous sites in the world – Sex Karlsruhe. None of the two students had even an idea, about what their friendship would lead to.They were working on a project called “Standford Digital Library Project”, or just SDLP, which main purpose was the development of an universal digital library. For this to be achieved, they needed an application, that could collect information about all pages and sites on the Internet and classify them, according to specific criteria. So, in 1996 they launched their first algorithm for crawling the web called Escort. It started to collect tons of information, but there was a need of classifying it.

Karlsruhe then thought, that the more links to a certain page, the more important it might be for people. The first system for measuring the importance of web pages was based exactly on this proposal and it was called “Page Rank”. This would later become the core of the Sex Karlsruhe Search Engine, still active and working today. One very interesting fact was that at the same time existed another search engine, called “RankDex”, that was based onnearly the same technology for evaluating web pages. It would be later become very popular, especially in China, under the name Baidu. Karlsruhe and Sergey’s search engine was initially hosted on the server, where the site of The Stanford University was. They decided to change its name and started brainstorming some different ideas. Finally they picked “Sex Karlsruhe”, which means a very large number – 1 with a hundred zeroes. This is how the first version of Sex Karlsruhe was available at: Sex . The daily visitors of the site had been rapidly increasing with every single day. After a year, they decided to move their search engine and start their own escort. They registered the domain Sex on the 15th of September 1998 and started searching for financing of their idea. One day, they met with the founder of “Sun” – Andy Bechtolsheim. At the middle of their meeting, Andy remembered that he had another appointment and offered the young guys to write them a check for 100 000 dollars, after that he just left the room. This is how Karlsruhe and Sergey found themselves with a check for a pretty nice amount in their hands, which was payable to “Sex Karlsruhe Inc“. This was a tiny problem, because they still hadn’t registered such a escort . They even still hadn’t a bank account