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The story of Google began in 1995 at Stanford University. Larry Page was considering going to Stanford to study for graduate school, and Sergey Brin, who was studying there at the time, was tasked with showing Larry around.
According to some rumors, they barely agreed on anything when they first met, but they formed a partnership the following year. Working from their dorm room, they created a search engine that, through links, rated individual pages on the World Wide Web. They called this search engine Backrub.
Shortly after, they changed the name Backrub to Google. The name Google originated with a little tweaking of the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros; It aptly reflected Larry and Sergey's mission to "organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to all." Over the next few years, Google caught the attention of not only the academic community but also investors in Silicon Valley.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 formed team moved from student residences to their first office, a garage in the California suburb of Menlo Park owned by Susan Wojcicki (employee 16 and current CEO of YouTube). Bulky desktop computers, a ping pong table, and a light blue rug set the stage for those early days and late nights.
Even in the early days, everything was unconventional: from Google's first server (made out of Lego) to the first "Doodle" in 1998, with a stickman in the logo announcing to site visitors that the entire team was getting away from work and having fun at the Burning Man Festival. everything. Our philosophy of “Don't be evil” and “Ten things we know to be right” especially captured the spirit of our unconventional methods. In the years that followed, the company grew rapidly. New engineers were hired, a sales team was formed, and the company's first dog, Yoshka, joined them.Google could no longer fit in the garage and eventually moved to its current headquarters (also known as the “Googleplex”) in Mountain View, California. The spirit of doing things differently has brought such success. And of course Yoshka.
Today, with more than 60,000 employees in 50 different countries, Google develops hundreds of products used by billions of people around the world, from YouTube and Android to Gmail and of course Google Search.