• Pranav Nandurkar

Do you know: The mind behind - Google

We all know about Google being a company, but have you ever wondered about how did it become the most used web-based search engine or how the company got its world wide extensions? The mind behind Google was of Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google was founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Stanford University in California. Google LLC is an United States based multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies alongside Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. How do they make it? The journey started by a guy who was enrolled in Stanford University's Ph. D program for computer science. Page wrote his doctoral thesis on the WWW, or World Wide Web. At the time he wrote it though, the web wasn't what we know today. Page wondered if you could use links between web pages to determine which page was more important. From there he theorized that it would be possible to develop an algorithm that automatically did this. So anything you could know about the beginning of Google this was it!

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California. The project also had the "third founder", Scott Hassan, the original lead programmer who wrote much of the code for the original Google Search engine, but he left before Google was officially founded as a company. Meanwhile, they theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships among websites. They called this algorithm PageRank; it determined a website's relevance by the number of pages and the importance of those pages that linked back to the original site. Page and Brin originally nicknamed the new search engine "BackRub", because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually, the name of the search engine was changed to 'Google', originated from a misspelling of the word "googol", the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Hassan, Alan Steremberg,  Héctor García-Molina and Jeff Ullman were some big contributors to the project. The domain was registered on September 15, 1997. They formally incorporated their company, Google, on September 4, 1998, in their friend Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park, California. This was all about the setup of Google, but what about its fundings, who helped them in their early stages- In the early stages of Google - Google was initially funded by an August 1998 contribution of $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems; Google received money from three other angel investors in 1998: founder Jeff Bezos, Stanford University computer science professor David Cheriton, and entrepreneur Ram Shriram. Between these initial investors, friends, and family Google raised around 1 million dollars. After some additional, small investments through the end of 1998 to early 1999, a new $25 million round of funding was announced on June 7, 1999. Growth of Google - After moving its offices in March 1999, the next year onwards Google started selling advertisements. In June 2000, it was announced that Google would become the default search engine provider for Yahoo!, one of the most popular websites at the time. In the ensuing years, Google forged a glide path of steady growth, hiring engineers, computer scientists, sales professionals, administrative and marketing staff. Eventually, it upgraded its new headquarters located in Mountain View, Calif., - an office campus setting now known as "The Googleplex." In 2001 Google's Investors agreed on hiring Eric Schmidt as the Chairman and CEO of Google to have strong internal management. From 2002 onwards Google rolled out their own products like Google AdSense (2003), a product that enabled companies to connect with global advertisers at the click of a button. Google's email product, Gmail, was launched in 2004. More rollouts were

-Google Maps (2005) -Google Earth (2005) -Google Calendar (2006) -Google Finance (2006) -Google Streetview (2007) -Google Android (2007) -Google Chrome (2008) -Google Voice (2009) -Google Labs (in 2012) In 2007, Google was also cited by Fortune magazine as the number one company to work for in the U.S. is the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services also figure in the top 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger. Google was the most valuable brand in the world in 2017 (surpassed by Amazon). So this says that nothing can stop you if you have the power to sustain.