A look at the history of Google and how it was founded

When was the last time you used Google to look for something? Isn’t it only a few years ago?

Google’s search engine processes about 40,000 searches per second, equating to 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year.

Google is without a doubt one of the most important inventions in the history of the internet. It’s not that Google is the first search engine; in fact, search engines have existed since the dawn of the internet. Google, on the other hand, which was a latecomer, went on to become the go-to site for practically every search.

So, how did Google grow into the company it is now? or what is Google’s background?
The write-up will take you on a quick tour around history of Google – right from its inception till today. Let’s begin:

Where it all started?

It all started in the summer of 1995, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University, where the former was considering Stanford for a graduate degree and the latter was already two years into it. Despite the fact that their previous interactions were marred by conflicts due to the fact that they were both very intelligent, they continued to discuss a wide range of topics.

They were eventually able to form a partnership. They created a search engine that took backlinks into account when ranking individual pages. Backrub was the term given to it. It regarded pages with more links as being more useful, and hence ranked them higher in search results.Initially, the engine ran on Stanford servers, but gradually started clogging up much space and as a result was later registered as Google.com on September 15th, 1997.

Backrub was renamed Google by both Page and Brin in 1997. The word Google is a pun on the phrase Googol, which is a mathematical term for one followed by one hundred zeros.

Backrub was renamed Google by both Page and Brin in 1997. The word Google is a pun on the phrase Googol, which is a mathematical term for one followed by one hundred zeros.

From a Garage to the Googleplex – How Google was founded?

Google’s popularity as a search engine grew quickly. The spidering, indexing, and cataloging of web sites ate up a lot of computing resources. What began as a small-scale initiative soon required a lot more computer power and size to run.

Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, a former Stanford PhD student, wrote Larry and Brin a $100,000 cheque in August 1998, which became the official Google Inc. The freshly formed crew decided to relocate out of their dorm rooms and into their first office, which was a garage in Menlo Park, California. Susan Wojcicki, the current CEO of YouTube, was the previous owner of that garage.Google launched its first Doodle of the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Since then, the Doodle is regularly updated to new themes and celebrations.

In February 1999, Google shifted to a new location in Palo Alto, a neighboring city.

Google built its first foreign office in Tokyo in 2001, and three years later, with over 800 employees, relocated to a new headquarters. The headquarters are now known as the Googleplex.

The corporation has no choice but to move forward from here. It then went on to introduce new services and products aimed largely at end consumers. This included the launch of Gmail. In addition, the corporation made its first IPO (initial public offering), raising $1.67 billion and valued the company at $23 million. (The company’s market valuation was $390 billion in 2014, exactly a decade later.)

Fun fact: When you type Google Mirror, a rotated version of Google appears. Many additional secret fun tricks, such as 360 degree barrel roll, Google terminal, underwater, zero gravity, playing guitar, Pacman, and so on, making searching even more enjoyable!
Since 2005, Google has released a slew of new services, including Google Maps and Google Analytics; Google Calendar and Google Translate in 2006; Android, Google’s mobile operating system, in 2007; and Google Chrome, its web browser, in 2008. During this time, the company also bought a number of businesses, including YouTube in 2006.

Fun fact: Since 2010, Google has acquired at least one firm every week on average.
Google has established a Google X lab to explore ground-breaking goods like delivery drones and self-driving cars.

Google reorganized its businesses and projects into a conglomerate called Alphabet in 2015, which was a noteworthy development. By this time, the company was handling a wide range of services, from biotech businesses aimed at extending human life to the manufacture of various internet-connected products and online services.

Growing from strength to strength

Google went on to become the most widely used search engine on the planet. Even the word “Google” has been added to the lexicon as a verb meaning “to search something on the internet.”

Google today offers over 50 online services and products, including email, cloud storage, the Google Cloud Platform, mobile phones, and even tablet computers.

Because of its scale and diverse product range, Google has been considered as one of the most influential businesses in the tech industry, alongside Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.

Fun fact: Google’s first computer storage was built entirely out of Legos.
Despite the availability of a number of products, Google’s search engine remains the company’s most important and powerful offering. According to studies, Google makes the majority of its money from advertising based on consumers’ search requests.

A quick look at the history of Google since 1995:

In 1995, Larry Page and Sergey Brin met for the first time at Stanford University.

1996: Larry and Sergey started to work together on a project called Backrub, which analyzed the relevance of website backlinks. This year marked the first time Google was made available on the university’s website.

Google.com is formally launched in 1997.

1998: Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, offers Google Inc. (then unincorporated) a $100,000 investment. The corporation also relocates from a dorm room in a university to a garage in Silicon Valley. Google is incorporated on September 4th, but it celebrates its birthday on September 27th.

Google, along with eight employees, relocates to a new location in 1999. In addition, the company has secured $25 million in venture money.

Google.com launches in ten languages: German, French, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Finnish in the year 2000. It also signed a deal with Yahoo to become the company’s default search provider.

2001: Google makes its first public acquisition, Deja.com’s Usenet Discussion Service.

Google News is officially launched in 2002, with approximately 4,000 sources.

Pyra Labs, the developers of bloggers, were purchased by Google in 2003. The members of the American Dialect Society picked Google as the most useful term for the year 2002.

2004: Google goes public with an initial public offering (IPO) valued at $85 per share. Gmail services were made available.

Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Talk are all launched in 2005.

Google is introduced in China in 2006. It also buys YouTube, a video-sharing website. The launch of Google Apps, often known as G Suite.

2007: DoubleClick, an internet advertising business, is acquired.

2008: Google announces a new relationship with Yahoo, as well as the launch of Google Chrome, a new web browser.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page were ranked fifth among the world’s most powerful individuals in 2009.

Google enters the mobile market with the Nexus One, its first Android phone.

Google +1 is launched in 2011. Larry Page succeeds Mark Zuckerberg as CEO. Google Cloud Platform is now available.

2012: Google unveils Endeavor Glass, a new project. It also introduces Google Play and Google Drive.

Hangouts, Google’s chat software, is launched in 2013. This year, Chromecast was also released.

Nest, a maker of Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats, smoke detector systems, and other security systems, is purchased by Google in 2014.

2015: Google announces its reorganization as Alphabet, a holding company. Sundar Pichai was named the new CEO of Google, while Larry became the new CEO of Alphabet.

Udacity launches Google’s deep learning courses in 2016. With a total value of $568 billion, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable firm.

Google has unquestionably progressed to become what it is today. We hope that this article has provided you with an overview of Google’s history from A to Z.

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