No points in guessing but obviously, we all know Google. Perhaps the most important thing right now, Google came into existence 20 years back with its first product Search Engine from a garage and today has seven products, which are used by more than a billion people every month. To look back, September 4, 1998, is the date when Google was finally incorporated as a private company, initiating its journey in a garage.
Some of the people might be well acquainted with the Googleplex campus, which is the renowned Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. However, the Googleplex story started 20 years ago back and the first office ever bought by Google was nothing but a garage.
Now, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google Inc., incorporated the search giant as a private company on September 4, 1998. Again for information, both Sergey Brin and Larry Page were just Ph.D. students at the Stanford University in California when they brought Google into existence.
However, this entire Googleplex story started in the year 1995 at the Stanford University when Larry Page was considering Stanford for his grad school and Sergey Brin, who was already a student there, was supposed to show him around the campus.
However, an interesting thing should be noted here that initially, both Sergey Brin and Larry Page used to disagree about nearly everything in their initial days of friendship. However, the very next year, they did strike a partnership and started working from their dorm rooms. According to a post by Google, they developed a search engine which used links in order to determine the importance of all individual pages present on the World Wide Web (www) and they named this search engine Backrub.
Then after few days, the name Backrub got changed to Google. Google Post thus added that “The name was inspired from a play on the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros and aptly reflected Larry and Sergey’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.
Over the next few years, the Googleplex story evolved and thus Google ending up catching the attention of the academic community and Silicon Valley, investors. Again, in August 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim, who is the Sun co-founder, wrote a check of $100,000 to Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Google Inc. and thus, Google was officially born on September 4. Google outgrew from the garage in the coming years and eventually moved to its current headquarters (known as “The Googleplex”) situated in Mountain View, California.