In March of 2001, Schmidt surprised many when he became board chair of Google, Inc., the California-'based Internet search engine. "I just liked the company," Schmidt recalled. "It's as simple as that." Five months later, he was made Google's new CEO. Google was founded in 1998 by two Stanford University doctoral students, Larry Page and Sergey Brinn. It began as a search service for the techie insiders, but quickly caught on with more and more web users for its uncluttered look and impressively quick search results. And it was soon one of the top15 most-visited websites. "They're, the eBay of information," a Morgan Stanley analyst, told Fortune. "You go to eBay to find things that are hard to find. You go to Google to find information that is hard to find."
Succeeding Page as CEO, Schmidt was viewed as the leader who would make Google the next Yahoo or Amazon.com. Schmidt felt at home at the company, which boasts 50 employees with Ph.D.s among a start of 400. Google's iconoclasm was evident in all aspects of the company-from the absence of large banner, ads on its search page to the motorized scooters that employees rode inside headquarters.
1. uncluttered adj. 整洁的;整齐的
例句：As I say in my book, I think the bedroom should be the most uncluttered room in the house. 正如我在我的书中提到的，我认为卧室应该是家中最整洁的房间。
2. absence n. 没有;缺乏;缺席;不注意
例句：The team was crippled by his absence. 他的缺席使这支球队的实力削弱。
3. headquarters n. 总部;指挥部;司令部
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