Google Essay

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CORPORATE HISTORY
1995-1997
1995 * Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 22, a U Michigan grad, is considering the school; Sergey, 21, is assigned to show him around.) According to some accounts, they disagree about almost everything during this first meeting.
1996
* Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, begin collaborating on a search engine called BackRub. * BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year—eventually taking up too much bandwidth to suit the university.
1997
* Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go
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May * Omid Kordestani joins to 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 Moritz describing “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 the company’s 40 employees. Previous claim to fame: catering for the Grateful Dead.
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2000
April * On April Fools’ 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 Silicon Valley tradition of April 1 hoaxes.
May
* The first 10 language versions of Google.com are released: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish. * We win our first Webby Awards: Technical Achievement (voted by judges) and Peoples’ Voice (voted by users).
June
* We forge a partnership with Yahoo! to become their default search provider. * We announce the first billion-URL index and therefore Google becomes the world’s largest

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