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Ourcompany has packed a lot in to a relatively young life.
We’ve captured some of the key milestones in Google’s development.
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1995 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.
1996 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.
1997 Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub searchengine 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.
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August Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000 to an entitythat doesn’t exist yet: a company called Google Inc.
September 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 theirfirst employee; he’s a fellow computer science grad student at Stanford.
December “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.
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February We outgrow our garage office and move to new digs at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto with justeight employees.
April Yoshka, our first “company” dog, comes to work with our senior vice president of operations, Urs Hoelzle.
May Omid Kordestani joins to run sales—the first non-engineering hire.
June 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”.
August 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.
November 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 theGrateful Dead.
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April On April Fools’ Day, we announce the MentalPlex: Google’s ability to read your mind as you visualize the search results you want. Thus begins our annual foray in the Silicon Valley tradition of April 1 hoaxes.
May The first 10 language versions of Google.com are released: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegianand Danish.
We win our first Webby Awards: Technical Achievement (voted by judges) and Peoples’ Voice (voted by users).
June We forge a partnership with Yahoo! to become their default search provider.
We announce the first billion-URL index and therefore Google becomes the world’s largest search engine.
September We start offering search in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, bringing our...