Google’s doodle explains it all. Google is now 13 years old. Happy birthday Google.
Google, the world most celebrated search engine, was once started with very few employees with a goal in mind. Now, they have gone on to capture the entire world with their technology and excellence.
I leave you with the History of Google as seen in Google’s website
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 22, a U Michigan grad, is considering the school; Sergey, 21, is assigned to show him around.) According to some accounts, they disagree about almost everything during this first meeting.
- Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, begin collaborating on a search engine called BackRub.
- BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year—eventually taking up too much bandwidth to suit the university.
- Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go with Google—a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.
- Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000 to an entity that doesn‘t exist yet: a company called Google Inc.
- Google sets up workspace in Susan Wojcicki‘s garage at 232 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park.
- Google files for incorporation in California on September 4. Shortly thereafter, Larry and Sergey open a bank account in the newly-established company‘s name and deposit Andy Bechtolsheim‘s check.
- Larry and Sergey hire Craig Silverstein as their first employee; he‘s a fellow computer science grad student at Stanford.
- “PC Magazine” reports that Google “has an uncanny knack for returning extremely relevant results” and recognizes us as the search engine of choice in the Top 100 Web Sites for 1998.
- We outgrow our garage office and move to new digs at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto with just eight employees.
- Yoshka, our first “company” dog, comes to work with our senior vice president of operations, Urs Hoelzle.
- Omid Kordestani joins to run sales—the first non-engineering hire.
- Our first press release announces a $25 million round from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins; John Doerr and Michael Moritz join the board. The release quotes Moritz describing “Googlers” as ”people who use Google”.
- We move to our first Mountain View location: 2400 E. Bayshore. Mountain View is a few miles south of Stanford University, and north of the older towns of Silicon Valley: Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose.
- Charlie Ayers joins as Google’s first chef. He wins the job in a cook-off judged by the company‘s 40 employees. Previous claim to fame: catering for the Grateful Dead.