Who invented Google? From Stanford students to billionaire stakeholders
Starting as a start-up by Stanford students, Google has grown into one of the largest companies in the world.
It’s the first place most of us go when we have a question, need directions, advice, or news.
Google now owns nearly 250 companies, including telecoms company Motorola, fitness company FitBit, and most famous of all, the video-sharing platform YouTube.
Google celebrated its 23rd anniversary with a Google doodle, celebrating the growth they have seen since their inception more than two decades ago.
Today a trillion dollar company – they had a turnover of 181.69 billion dollars in 2020.
But how did Google get started?
Who invented Google?
Google was born after computer science students Larry Page teamed up with Sergey Brin at Stanford University in California, United States.
Both were born in 1973 in March and August respectively.
Sergey Brin came from particularly humble beginnings.
Born in Moscow in the then Soviet Union, his family moved to the United States via Central and Western Europe in 1979.
Larry Page grew up in Michigan.
His own father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University, and he received his own computer science degree from the University of Michigan in 1995.
While at university, Larry and Sergey made it their mission, according to Google, to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Page is now believed to be the sixth richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $ 122.9 billion. He became CEO of Alphabet Inc., which started in 2015 as part of a restructuring process to become Google’s parent company, before stepping down in 2019.
Brin’s estimated net worth is $ 115 billion.
How did Google get started?
Google was officially established on September 27, 1998.
Originally called ‘BackRub’, the search engine was unique compared to its competitors.
The name was eventually changed to “Google”. It was a pun and named after ‘googol’, a name for number one followed by 10 zeros.
The word itself has become something of a cultural phenomenon. We all know the expression “just on Google”.
Google experienced its great success in 1998 when German investor Andy Bechtolsheim donated $ 100,000 to the company.
Now with a huge head office name “Googleplex”, Bechtolsheim’s investment has enabled Google to move into Susan Wojicki’s garage.
Wojicki is now CEO of YouTube.
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