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Google Company Overview

Google Company Overview

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Company Overview
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universallyaccessible and useful.As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brindeveloped a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dormroom and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widelyrecognized as the world's largest search engine -- an easy-to-use free service that usuallyreturns relevant results in a fraction of a second.When you visitwww.google.comor one of the dozens of other Google domains, you'll beable to find information in many different languages; check stock quotes, maps, and newsheadlines; lookup phonebook listings for every city in the United States; search billionsof 
images
and peruse the world's largest archive of 
Usenet
messages -- more than 1 billion posts dating back to 1981.We also provide ways to access all this information without making a special trip to theGoogle homepage. The
Google Toolbar
enables you to conduct a Google search fromanywhere on the web. And for those times when you're away from your PC altogether,Google can be used from a number of wireless platforms including WAP and i-mode phones.Google's utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best known brands almostentirely through word of mouth from satisfied users. As a business, Google generatesrevenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable, cost-effective online advertising that is relevant to the information displayed on any given page. This makes the advertising useful to you as well as to the advertiser placing it. We believe you should know when someone has paid to put a message in front of you, so wealways distinguish ads from the search results or other content on a page. We don't sell placement in the search results themselves, or allow people to pay for a higher rankingthere.Thousands of advertisers use our 
program to promote their productsand services on the web with targeted advertising, and we believe AdWords is the largest program of its kind. In addition, thousands of web site managers take advantage of our 
Google AdSense
program to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites,improving their ability to generate revenue and enhancing the experience for their users.To learn more about Google, click on the link at the left for the area that most interestsyou. Or type what you want to find into our search box and hit enter.
What's a Google?
"Googol" is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined  by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James
 
 Newman. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organize theimmense amount of information available on the web.
1995-19971995
Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 22, a U Michigan grad, isconsidering the school; Sergey, 21, is assigned to show him around.) According to someaccounts, they disagree about most everything during this first meeting.
1996
Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, begin collaborating ona search engine calledBackRub.
BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year -- eventually taking up toomuch bandwidth to suit the university.
1997
Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After somebrainstorming, they go withGoogle -- 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 termreflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.
1998August
Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000to an entity that doesn't exist yet: a company called Google Inc.
September 
Google sets up workspace in Susan Wojcicki's garage at232 Santa Margarita, MenloPark.
Googlefiles for incorporationin California on September 4. Shortly thereafter, Larry andSergey open a bank account in the newly-established company's name and deposit AndyBechtolsheim's check.
Larry and Sergey hireCraig Silversteinas their first employee; he's a fellow computer science grad student at Stanford.
December 
 
"PC Magazine"reportsthat Google "has an uncanny knack for returning extremelyrelevant results" and recognizes us as the search engine of choice in the Top 100 WebSites for 1998.
1999February
We outgrow our garage office and move to new digs at165 University Avenuein PaloAlto with just 8 employees.
April
Yoshka,our first"company" dog,comes to work with our senior vice president of  operations,Urs Hoelzle.
May
Omid Kordestani joinsto 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 Moritzdescribing "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 thecompany's 40 employees. Previous claim to fame: catering for the Grateful Dead.
2000April
On April Fool's 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 SiliconValley tradition of April 1 hoaxes.
May
The first10 language versions of Google.comare released: French, German, Italian,Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.

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