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Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke at a Google all-hands meeting for the first time in 6 months (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently ended their 6-month, internal quiet period, according to a CNET report on Monday. 
  • Page and Brin attended the company’s town hall meeting (known as “TGIF”) on May 30th and spoke about the company’s cloud strategy, according to sources who spoke to CNET.
  • The duo — who regularly attended in the past and often answered questions during these meetings — had reportedly not shown up to a TGIF in 2019, their longest absence in company history.
  • Their “MIA” status came at a time when the company faced an onslaught of internal pressures from employee organizers over its business decisions and practices. 
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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently ended their 6-month, self-imposed quiet period within the company, according to a CNET report on Monday. 

Page and Brin attended the company’s weekly all-hands meeting (known as “TGIF”) on May 30th and spoke about the company’s cloud strategy, according to sources who spoke to CNET. A Google spokesperson confirmed with Business Insider that the co-founders were on-stage at the meeting, alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai. 

The duo — who regularly attended in the past and often answered questions during these meetings — had reportedly not shown up to a TGIF in 2019, their longest absence in company history. 

Page and Brin’s “MIA” status came at a time when the company faced an onslaught of internal pressures from employee organizers over its business decisions and practices, including its handling of harassment cases, involvement in military contracts, and building a censored search engine for China. 

Questions reportedly arose during the May 30th meeting about alleged cases of retaliation against these employee organizers, though that section was handled by Eileen Naughton, Google’s Head of People Operations, not Page or Brin. 

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Google told Business Insider on Monday that part of the reason why the Alphabet umbrella was created back in 2015 was so that it’s co-founders could focus more on the company’s “Other Bets,” like its self-driving car company Waymo. 

TGIF is an all-hands meeting for Google, which oversees Alphabet’s core business of search, YouTube, and Android. Pichai is the CEO of Google, while Page is the CEO of Alphabet. The spokesperson would not confirm which projects Brin is currently working on. 

Still, the spokesperson said, the co-founders like to “pop in” to TGIF meetings from time-to-time. 

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