- Google was found on 4 September 1998 in Menlo Park, California of the United States of America by the then Ph.D students of Stanford University; Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- The Duo together own about 14% of the company’s total share.
- They also control over 56% of the company’s stock holders voting power
Official Brief history of Google
The Google story begins in 1995 at Stanford University. Larry Page was considering Stanford for grad school and Sergey Brin, a student there, was assigned to show him around.
By some accounts, they disagreed about nearly everything during that first meeting, but by the following year they struck a partnership.
Working from their dorm rooms, they built a search engine that used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web.
They called this search engine Backrub.
Soon after, Backrub was renamed Google (phew). The name was a play on the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros and aptly reflected Larry and Sergey’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Over the next few years, Google caught the attention of not only the academic community, but Silicon Valley investors as well.
In August 1998, Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote Larry and Sergey a check for $100,000, and Google Inc. was officially born.
With this investment, the newly incorporated team made the upgrade from the dorms to their first office: a garage in suburban Menlo Park, California, owned by Susan Wojcicki.
Clunky desktop computers, a ping pong table, and bright blue carpet set the scene for those early days and late nights. (The tradition of keeping things colorful continues to this day.)
Even in the beginning, things were unconventional: from Google’s initial server (made of Lego) to the first “Doodle” in 1998: a stick figure in the logo announcing to site visitors that the entire staff was playing hooky at the Burning Man Festival. “Don’t be evil” and “The ten things we know to be true” captured the spirit of our intentionally unconventional methods.
In the years that followed, the company expanded rapidly — hiring engineers, building a sales team, and introducing the first company dog, Yoshka. Google outgrew the garage and eventually moved to its current headquarters (a.k.a.“The Googleplex”) in Mountain View, California.
The spirit of doing things differently made the move. So did Yoshka.
The relentless search for better answers continues to be at the core of everything google does.
Today, Google has more than 60,000 employees in 50 different countries, Google makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android to Smartbox and, of course, Google Search.
How Google gained recognition
In 2001, Google filed for and received a patent for its PageRank technology that listed Larry Page as the inventor.
By then, the company had relocated to a larger space in nearby Palo Alto. After the company finally went public, there were concerns that the onetime startup’s rapid growth would change the company culture, which was based on the company motto “Do No Evil.”
The pledge reflected a commitment by the founders and all employees to carry out their work without objectivity, no conflicts of interest and bias.
To ensure the company stays true to its core values, the position of Chief Culture Officer was established.
During the period of rapid growth, the company introduced a variety of products including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Voice and a web browser called Chrome.
Google also acquired streaming video platform YouTube and Blogger.com. More recently, there have been forays into different sectors.
Some examples are Nexus (smartphones), Android (mobile operating system), Pixel (mobile computer hardware), a smart speaker (Google Home), Broadband (Project-Fi), self-driving cars and numerous other ventures.
In 2015, Google underwent a restructuring of divisions and personnel under the conglomerate name Alphabet.
Sergey Brin became president of the newly formed parent company while Larry Page is the CEO.
His position at Google was filled with the promotion of Sundar Pichai. Collectively, Alphabet and its subsidiaries consistently rank among the top 10 most valuable companies in the world.
Google is determined to take control over the tech world and they are doing it with all these acquisitions.
Being the number one most visited site in the world with youtube being second and android platform being used by over a billion users.
Plus; Google is the most popular company in the world. what else proof do you need to know how google has taken over the Tech world.