Google: OMID KORDESTANI/Mountain View, Calif.

OMID KORDESTANI/Mountain View, Calif.

Everyone knows Google is the Web's best search engine. Type in a keyword, and you're there. Google delivers more than 200 million results daily, thanks to its hyperaccurate algorithms. But there's no such thing as a free search; behind that text-only interface is a serious business edging toward what Wall Street hopes will be a new tech mega-IPO. Omid Kordestani, Google's senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, is fast turning the privately held company into a maniacally profitable outfit. His efforts have transformed the world's top search destination into online advertising's hottest property--scoring more than 100,000 advertisers in...

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