History of Google from Google.com

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford.

    Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford.
    They do not agree on anything
  • GRADUATES!!!!!

    GRADUATES!!!!!
    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
  • Backrub needs a new name

    Backrub needs a new name
    After some brainstorming, they go with Google—a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.
  • Doodle History

    Doodle History
    Made first doodle in 1998 when Google founders Larry and Sergey were attending the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the second “o” in the logo to let users know they were “out of the office”. Users were surprised to see a change to the standard and simple Google logo but enjoyed it and the playful nature of, what was then, a very young company.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b45a395b6po&feature=related
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    Google gets big

    Aug: Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000 to an entity that doesn’t exist yet.
    Sep: Google sets up workspace in Susan Wojcicki’s, Larry and Sergey hire Craig Silverstein as their first employee,
    Dec: “PC Magazine” reports that Google “has an uncanny knack for returning extremely relevant results” and recognizes us as the search engine of choice in the Top 100 Web Sites for 1998
  • GOOGLE GROWTH SPERT

    GOOGLE GROWTH SPERT
    Google outgrows garage space and move to new digs at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto with just eight employees.
  • DOGGIE

    DOGGIE
    Yoshka, our first “company” dog, comes to work with our senior vice president of operations, Urs Hoelzle.
  • Omid Kordestani joins

    Omid Kordestani joins
    Omid Kordestani joins to run sales—the first non-engineering hire.
  • FIRST PRESS RELEASE

    FIRST PRESS RELEASE
    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”.
  • We move to our first Mountain View location

    We move to our first Mountain View location
    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.
  • Google's first chef

    Google's first chef
    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.
  • MentalPlex

    MentalPlex
    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.
  • Languages and Awards

    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
  • BILLION OLLARS AND YAHOO

    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 search engine.
  • GOOGLE HOMEPAGE

    GOOGLE HOMEPAGE
    Google Toolbar is released. It’s a browser plug-in that makes it possible to search without visiting the Google homepag
  • VP of engineering operations.

    VP of engineering operations.
    We announce the hire of Silicon Valley veteran Wayne Rosing as our first VP of engineering operations.
  • add search and browse features and launch it as Google Groups.

    add search and browse features and launch it as Google Groups.
    Our first public acquisition: Deja.com’s Usenet Discussion Service, an archive of 500 million Usenet discussions dating back to 1995. We add search and browse features and launch it as Google Groups.
  • GROWING

    GROWING
    Eric Schmidt is named chairman of the board of directors.
    Google.com is available in 26 languages.
  • IMAGES

    IMAGES
    Image Search launches, offering access to 250 million images.
  • MORE STUFF

    MORE STUFF
    We open our first international office, in Tokyo.
    Eric Schmidt becomes our CEO. Larry and Sergey are named presidents of products and technology, respectively.
  • PARTNERSHIPS

    PARTNERSHIPS
    A new partnership with Universo Online (UOL) makes Google the major search service for millions of Latin Americans.
  • SUFF IS RELEASED

    SUFF IS RELEASED
    The first Google hardware is released: it’s a yellow box called the Google Search Appliance that businesses can plug into their computer network to enable search capabilities for their own documents.
    We release a major overhaul for AdWords, including new cost-per-click pricing.
  • YAY MORE SUFF!!!!!!

    YAY MORE SUFF!!!!!!
    We release a set of APIs, enabling developers to query more than 2 billion web documents and program in their favorite environment, including Java, Perl and Visual Studio.
  • AOL AND STUFF

    AOL AND STUFF
    We announce a major partnership with AOL to offer Google search and sponsored links to 34 million customers using CompuServe, Netscape and AOL.com.
    We release Google Labs, a place to try out beta technologies fresh from our R&D team
  • NEWS SOURCES

    NEWS SOURCES
    Google News launches with 4000 news sources.
  • YAY AUSTRILIA

    YAY AUSTRILIA
    We open our first Australian office in Sydney.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eZeWtiszUA
  • FROOGLE

    FROOGLE
    You can now search for stuff to buy with Froogle (later called Google Product Search).
  • PYRA LABS

    PYRA LABS
    acquire Pyra Labs, the creators of Blogger.
  • USEFUL WORDS

    USEFUL WORDS
    American Dialect Society members vote “google” the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.
    google (verb)—to search the Web using the search engine Google for information on a person or thing: 11 votes.
  • AdSense

    AdSense
    We announce a new content-targeted advertising service, enabling publishers large and small to access Google’s vast network of advertisers. (Weeks later, on April 23, we acquire Applied Semantics, whose technology bolsters the service named AdSense.)
  • TOKYO

    TOKYO
    We open our Tokyo R&D (research & development) center to attract the best and brightest among Japanese and other Asian engineers.
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    Google Map

    Feb- Google Maps goes live.
    Apr- first Google Maps release in Europe is for the U.K. Google Maps now features satellite views and directions.
    June- We unveil Google Earth: a satellite imagery-based mapping service combining 3D buildings and terrain with mapping capabilities and Google search.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbeCHQLUpk
  • Custom Search Engine

    Custom Search Engine
    Google Custom Search Engine launches, giving bloggers and website owners the ability to create a search engine tailored to their own interests.
  • AdSense Mobile

    AdSense Mobile
    AdSense for Mobile is introduced, giving sites optimized for mobile browsers the ability to host the same ads as standard websites.
  • Stree View

    Stree View
    We provide Street View for the entire 2008 Tour de France route—the first launch of Street View imagery in Europe.
  • Google Voice

    Google Voice
    We release Google Voice to existing Grand Central users. The new application improves the way you use your phone, with features like voicemail transcription and archive and search of all of your SMS text messag
  • Google Maps

    Google Maps
    With Earth view in Google Maps, you can explore Google Earth’s detailed 3D imagery and terrain directly in Google Maps, on your browser.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHe3ag3i8v8
  • Google for Veterans and Families

    Google for Veterans and Families
    Google for Veterans and Families brings together Google products and platforms for servicemembers and their families.
  • SUFF

    SUFF
    Search plus Your World is the next step in transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships.
    We’re the first major Internet services company to have all of our U.S. owned and operated data centers receive ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, high standards for environmental management and workforce safety.
  • Google Grants

    Google Grants
    We launch Google Grants, our in-kind advertising program for nonprofit organizations to run in-kind ad campaigns for their cause.
  • Google Chrome

    Google Chrome
    Word gets out about Chrome a bit ahead of schedule when the comic book that introduces our new open source browser is released earlier than planned on September 1. The browser officially becomes available for worldwide download a day later.