The History Of Google

Google was founded in January of 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both were Ph.D. students studying at Stanford University in California. The pair hypothesized that a search engine that was designed to analyze the relationships between other websites would produce better rankings than other existing techniques. The website was programmed so that the results were ranked according to how many times the site had been visited. Google was originally called “BackRub” because of how the system checked back links to estimate the importance of the site.
Convinced that the pages with the most links to them from other highly relevant web pages must be the most relevant pages associated with the search, Page and Brin tested their thesis as part of their studies, and laid the foundation for their search engine. Originally, the search engine used the Stanford University website with the domain google.stanford.edu. The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated as Google Inc. on September 4, 1998 at a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. The total initial investment raised for the new company amounted to almost $1.1 million, including a $100,000 check by Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems.
Google actually got it’s name by a common misspelling of the word “googol,” which refers to 10100, the number 1 represented by one hundred zeros! Having found it’s way into the English language, the verb, google, was added to the dictionary in 2006. The word means "to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet."
In the March of 1999, the company moved into offices in Palo Alto which was home to several other noted Silicon Valley technology startups. Soon Outgrowing two other sites, the company leased a complex of buildings in Mountain Drive at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway from Silicon Graphics (SGI) in 2003. Google still remanes there to this day. The complex later became known as the Googleplex. Later, Google bought the proberty from SGI for $319 million.

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