The Rise and Sheen of Google: From the garage to the Googleplex and thereon

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We all quickly open Google whenever we want to find out anything, but there must be a lot of people who may not be aware about the history of Google. So, let’s find out where it all began. The story of google began in 1995 at Stanford University in California. Its founder Larry Page was considering joining Stanford for grad school and that is when he met founder Sergey Brin, who was assigned to show him around.history of google image

The birth of google – all about google – history of google

Did you know that Google was first named ‘Backrub’? In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin entered into a partnership. While working form 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’. Later, the name was changed to ‘Google’ and their mission ‘to organize world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful’ began. The name popped up with a misspelling of Googol which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. This name was picked to signify that the search engine will be intended to provide large quantities of information.

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Google was founded in 1998

Over the next few years, between 1996 to 1998, google caught the attention of academic communities and Silicon Valley investors. It was in August 1998 when google was officially born after Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems,  wrote Larry and Sergey a check for $100,000. 

With its first investment, this new team of google made an upgrade from dorm rooms to their first office. This office was a garage with clunky desktop computers, a ping pong table, and a bright blue carpet set. It was a startup just like any other in suburban Menlo Park, California owned by Susan Wojcicki who is now the CEO of YouTube. Things were unconventional for google too. From their initial server to the first ‘Doodle’ in 1998.

In the years that followed, Google expanded rapidly. The company hired engineers, built a sales team, and introduced Yoshka, their first company dog. Then their office outgrew the garage and moved to its current headquarters, also known as ’The Googleplex’ in Mountain View, California in 2003.

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All about Google and its incorporation – History of Google

Today, Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products that include a search engine, software, hardware, cloud computing, and online advertising technologies. Not only this, but it is also one of the Big 4 tech companies in the world, alongside Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. The companies code of conduct says, “Don’t be evil”.

History of Google – The Rise and Sheen of Google

In 2002, Google launched Google News. In 2004, Google launched Gmail. Then, on 19 August 2004, Google made its initial public offering and was valued at nearly $52 billion, making it one of the world’s biggest media companies by stock market value. In 2005, Google introduced Google Maps and then Google Chrome came into the picture in 2008. Following this, Google has introduced several products that are being used by billions of users around the world every day. Over the years, Google also went through many updates in attempts to combat search engine optimization abuse, to provide dynamic updating of results, and to make the indexing system rapid and flexible for use. From personalized search results to google suggest autocompletion, Google has made the experience for users easy and beautiful. Google evolved into Alphanet in 2015, which is majorly a collection of companies, Google being the biggest of them all.

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The Rise and Sheen of Google – History of Google

Google’s search engine attracted a loyal following among the growing number of Internet users who liked its simple design. Gradually, the company began selling text-based advertisements associated with search keywords to maintain an uncluttered page design and to maximize page loading speed. These keywords were sold based on a combination of price bids and click-throughs which was sued over alleged infringements by Overture Services. The matter was settled out of court when Google agreed to issue shares of common stock in exchange for a perpetual license. Several other lawsuits came and were settled with time.

Many competitors tried to beat google’s new internet marketplace but failed and Google quietly rose in stature and also generated revenue. Google also started acquiring and partnering with several companies, so much so, that the term ‘to google’ also became a genericized trademark which means, ‘to perform a web search’.

Criticism and controversies are all a part of a company’s life and it has been the same for Google. While they faced tough criticism, the company also makes sure to redirect criticism into appreciation with improvements in its existing products and the ones that it launches from time to time. Google’s contribution to Environment and Philanthropy is also great and adds value to the much-deserved name that Google has made for itself. It completely changed the face of the internet.

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