But that’s not quite true. Yes, over the next several years, as Google grew into the web’s most dominant force, Appenzeller merely watched from afar. He finished his Stanford degree and founded a startup of his own. But that bit of help with the Google business plan isn’t all he ever did for Page and Brin. In 2008, after returning to Stanford as a professor and researcher, Appenzeller oversaw the development of OpenFlow, an open source networking technology that soon reinvented the way Google shuttles traffic across its worldwide web empire.